GCR: Construction and post-conflict reconstruction

Cover of GCR: Construction and post-conflict reconstruction sector

Corruption doesn’t just line the pockets of political and business elites; it leaves ordinary people without essential services, such as life-saving medicines, and deprives them of access to sanitation and housing. In short, corruption costs lives.

Nowhere is corruption more ingrained than in the construction sector, the focus of Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2005. From the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to post-conflict reconstruction in Iraq, transparency in public contracting is arguably the single most important factor in determining the success of donor support in sustainable development. Corrupt contracting processes leave developing countries saddled with sub-standard infrastructure and excessive debt.