Anti-corruption basics

What is corruption? The basics of corruption and anti-corruption efforts for sustainable and inclusive development

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Corruption is abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It undermines economic development and state security. It takes place at the highest levels of society – as grand corruption. Or you can witness it between officials and citizens in hospitals and schools – as petty corruption. The consequences are both financial and societal – linked to human rights, inequality, conflict, and more. Read about the conditions that facilitate corruption, and general implications for development programming. Anti-corruption efforts should strengthen mutually-reinforcing systems that include a range of actors, institutions, laws and policies.