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Combating Corruption

The World Bank Group considers corruption a major obstacle to eradicating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity on a livable planet. Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable. It increases costs, reduces access to health, education, and justice, and exacerbates environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. This is a cause for concern globally, especially in contexts of fragility and violence, as corruption fuels and perpetuates inequalities and discontent that lead to fragility, violent extremism, and conflict. Corruption hinders investment and domestic revenue mobilization, impacting financing for sustainable development. Countries that can reduce corruption use their human and financial resources more effectively.

The World Bank recognizes that corruption takes many forms. It can impact service delivery, such as when officials require bribes to provide routine services. Corruption may unfairly determine who is awarded government contracts, with awards favoring friends, relatives, or business associates of government officials. Corruption may also take the form of state capture, distorting how institutions operate and who controls them, with this type of corruption often having the highest economic impact. Tackling every kind of corruption is critical to achieving sustainable and inclusive development.


Governance Global Director Arturo discusses with Program Lead Alexandra Habershon how tackling corruption is a critical element of development.

Governance Global Practice


  • Governance Global Practice - Public Administration
    Roby Senderowitsch
    Practice Manager
  • Global Program on Anticorruption for Development
    Alexandra M. Habershon
    Program Manager