The Impact Of Corruption In Society

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Corruption is the abuse of public power for one’s own benefit . A much more elaborate explanation of the term corruption is by Prof. Dr.Petrus Van Duyne which states that “Corruption is an improbity or decay in the decision-making process in which a decision-maker consents to deviate or demands deviation from the criterion which should rule his or her decision-making, in exchange for a reward or for the promise or expectation of a reward, while these motives influencing his or her decision-making cannot be part of the justification of the decision.” (http://www.corruptie.org/en/corruption/what-is-corruption/). The impact of corruption is very hard to society and many effects which are caused by corruption such as a decrease in freedom, the…show more content…
This is because companies are hesitant about investing in countries where corruption is abundant since the costs of undertaking a successful business are eloquently higher. Even though some affected countries abundant in natural resources, the population still does not benefit from the money earned. To summarise what has been said corruption thwarts citizens, countries and organisations from adhering to their full potential. A short time ago, in 2016, criminal gangs in Latin America were administering a successful business in illegal gold mining. The conditions of this area were terrible, as it was “a huge encampment scarred by deforestation and mercury-filled pools – was dirty, desperate and dangerous: food and water were scarce; malaria and yello.w fever were rampant; and trafficked girls as young as 12 worked as prostitutes in the surrounding bars.” (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/16/illegal-mines-local-mafia-take-shine-off-latin-american-gold-peru?CMP=twt_a-global-development_b-gdndevelopment). This business was so successful due to the ever-increasing demand for gold. The illegally collected gold from this illegal area is then laundered and exported by the help of corrupt officials. It is then sent to refineries where it is then mixed with legally produced gold and transported tho anywhere in the world. In a research carried out by Verité, a percentage of…show more content…
Corruption in the health sector can be life threatening and poor people are the ones which are mostly affected by this since the medical staff may demand bribes to attend to patients, for skipping the queue and also they may use medicines of a sub-standard quality. World Bank surveys show that in some countries a maximum of 80% of the non-salary health funds never reaches local facilities. The following table taken from the world bank website provides a brief summary of the evidence available for the health sector in Ghana, Peru, Tanzania and Uganda. Where there is high leakage clearly shows inadequate funding making good service seem impossible. This means that the people are unfairly treated since the patients have to pay the expenses of what was supposed to be free health
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