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International Anti-Corruption Day

9 December, 2021

Corruption is dishonest behavior by those in positions of power and can include giving or accepting bribes or inappropriate gifts, double-dealing, under-the-table transactions, manipulating elections, diverting funds, laundering money, and defrauding investors. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. International Anti-Corruption Day is to respect the Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing corruption, and to offer a time for reflection on how any one of us might be unwittingly supporting corruption. The Finland based Anti-Corruption.fi has some good information about corruption and how it can be identified, prevented and punished. The following table from a 2015 article by Grant Walton and Caryn Peiffer gives eight examples of corruption:

 

 

Eight scenarios of corruption