Overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Tonga

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Published on 14 January 2013 as a U4 Helpdesk answer
Could you please provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Tonga?


1. Overview of corruption in Tonga
2. Anti-corruption efforts in Tonga
3. References


In-depth research on corruption and the impact of corruption on specific sectors in Tonga is limited. This paper is based on the few materials that are publicly available.


Corruption is still a major problem in Tonga but the government has taken significant steps forward in recent years to fight corruption and improve the country’s governance, making it move up the ladder of “clean” countries. Tonga is now situated around the global average in terms of its performance on governance indicators.
Political corruption and nepotism are prominent issues in Tonga which are rooted in the country’s political and demographic structure, strong sense of kinship, and late democratic awakening.

Author(s): Sofia Wickberg , Transparency International, swickberg@transparency.org
Reviewed by: Finn Heinrich, Transparency International, fheinrich@transparency.org
Publication date: 14 January 2013
Number: 400

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Country / Territory - Tonga   
Region - Sub-Saharan Africa   |   Asia Pacific   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Access to information   |   Civil society   |   Governance   |   Organised crime   |   Politics and government   |   Public procurement   
Tags - Good governance   |   Nepotism   |   Pacific Island Countries (PICs)   |   Cronyism   |   Integrity   

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