The United Nations has an ambitious vision to create a more just and prosperous world for all. How? By achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covering areas from education and healthcare to poverty reduction and the climate crisis.
Diverse as these aims are, they have one thing in common: they cannot be achieved if democratic institutions are weak and vital funds are lost to corruption.
Our new survey, the Global Corruption Barometer — Africa shows the scale of the obstacle that corruption poses to sustainable economic, political and social development. When over a quarter of African citizens, particularly the poorest and youngest, have to pay bribes to get hospital treatment or a driving license, sustainable development that works for everybody remains a distant dream.
That’s why we’re in New York this week, at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. We’re asking the UN to make countries report on their anti-corruption progress each year, so that all the other goals can actually be achieved.
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