Corruption and integrity

 

Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries and hinders the rule of law. It undermines democratic institutions, erodes economies and contributes to political instability. While there is no internationally agreed definition of corruption, there are many actions which are recognized as forms corruption. They include, for example, the abuse of power, bribery, embezzlement of public funds, maliciously interfering with the justice system or hiding the financial gains of corruption.

Addressing corruption in society is linked to the promotion of individual and social integrity. Many everyday situations challenge our integrity and ethical judgement - from skipping a line to using your position to give someone an undue advantage over others.

 

Key messages

  • Corruption hinders sustainable development and the respect for human rights.
  • Everyone has a role in preventing corruption by acting with personal integrity and making ethical choices.
  • Citizen and youth participation is critical to combating corruption.