“Every dollar lost to corruption is a dollar lost to investing in a child’s education, healthcare or much needed infrastructure” Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
No country in the world is untouched by corruption. It affects least developed countries and advanced economies alike.
Corruption can take many forms, for example bribes by businesses to politicians or officials to obtain licences or to bypass regulations.
Corruption undermines the rule of law and stifles economic development and growth. It is usually a symptom of poor governance.
The Commonwealth helps governments, judges, the police and other public institutions tackle systemic corruption by:
We are trusted because we have no vested interest other than a desire to support our member countries.
Examples of our work include: