How Corruption Derails Development in Malawi

Foreign Policy

05-21-2021

How Corruption Derails Development in MalawiWhen the Malawi Electoral Commission announced on May 27, 2019 that incumbent Malawian President Peter Mutharika had won the country’s presidential election, thousands of people took to the streets. Malawi has been losing billions of dollars in public funds to private individuals who, in the end, invest it into their private enterprises. It’s not happening; the corruption watchdog Transparency International ranked Malawi 129th out of 180 countries in public sector corruption in 2020, scoring 30 out of 100 points on the global Corruption Perceptions Index. Corruption and theft of public funds is endemic in Malawi. This news came amid revelations that some controlling officers in the country’s COVID-19 response misused $7.9 million in COVID-19 funds.

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