Cambodia: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption

Published on 7 December 2016 as a U4 Helpdesk answer
Can you provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Cambodia?


  1. Overview of corruption
  2. Legal and Institutional anti-corruption framework
  3. References


Cambodia, often referred to as an autocracy with Hun Sen ruling for over 31 years, has endured periodical political unrest for decades, and there is “no end in sight” as the current political crisis has escalated in 2016.

Corruption permeates every aspect of the Cambodian social fabric; the elite has monopolised procurement, land concessions and access to resources through the establishment of patron-client networks. A kleptocratic bureaucracy thrives on red tape, while the population is disillusioned with governance institutions.

Despite a relatively good anti-corruption law that came into full force in 2011, its implementation has been weak and corrupt entities continue to function with impunity.

Author(s): Kaunain Rahman,
Reviewed by: Matthew Jenkins,
Publication date: 7 December 2016
Number: 0

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Country / Territory - Cambodia   
Region - Asia Pacific   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Environment   |   Politics and government   |   Public procurement   |   Public services   

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