Corruption News

News about corruption activity worldwide. For key statistics and information, visit our What is Corruption? page.

The effects of corruption in South Africa leads to 20 percent of the country’s GDP to be lost, according to the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.

Source: “‘Corruption costs SA 20% of GDP’ ,” Times (South Africa), May 16, 2011.

The Mexican chapter of Transparency International estimates $2.75 Billion were paid in bribes in Mexico in 2010, an increase of 18.5 percent from 2007.

The average bribe paid by Mexicans was $14, compared to $12 in 2007.

(More data on government corruption.)

Source: Associated Press, “Survey: Corruption increases in Mexico by 18.5 pct,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 10, 2011.

Between 2005 and 2010, China’s Public Security Ministry investigated 6,500 cases of commercial bribery involving $160 Million (1.1 Billion Yuan). The investigations lead to over 5,000 individuals being penalized for bribery.

(Additional information on political corruption.)

Source: Xinhua, “Chinese police investigate 6,500 cases of commercial bribery in 5 years,” People’s Daily, April 18, 2011.


The effects of corruption in Greece caused $753 Million (532 Million Euros) in 2010, down from $1.1 Billion (787 Million Euros) in 2009.

The most corrupt institution in the country were hospitals and tax offices, according to Transparency International.

Source: Associated Press, “Transparency watchdog: corruption falls in Greece,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, March 15, 2011.

22 percent of all kidnapping for ransom cases in Mexico involved former police or soldiers who participated in the kidnapping, according to a congressional report in Mexico.

75 percent of all kidnappings within Mexico go unreported.

The number of kidnapping for ransom incidents increased by 317 percent between 2005 and 2010.

(Additional police corruption information.)

Source: Nick Miroff, “As kidnappings for ransom surge in Mexico, victims’ families and employers turn to private U.S. firms instead of law enforcement,” Washington Post, February 26, 2011.

In the 40 years that Nigeria has been established as a country, authorities estimated that the country has lost $400 Billion in corruption.

Source: John Oba, “$400 Billion Lost to Corruption in 40 Years – Bankole,”, December 30, 2010.

According to a study by Transparency International, one person out of four worldwide paid a bribe during 2010.

(More on the effects of government corruption.)

Source: AFP, “One in four worldwide pays bribes: study,” Google News, December 9, 2010.

According to the organization Global Financial Integrity, between 1948 and 2008, India has lost up to $462 Billion to illegal financial transactions such as corruption, tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes.

(More crime in India statistics.)

Source: “India lost $462bn in illegal capital flows, says report,” BBC, November 18, 2010.

According to Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission, bribes cost the country $3.3 Billion (100 Billion Thai Baht) a year.

Up to 20 percent of a procurement project costs is made up of bribes paid to politicians and governmental officials.

(Additional information on corruption in Thailand.)

Source: “Graft costs nation B100bn a year,” Bangkok Post, November 11, 2010.

According to court documents, Royal Dutch Shell paid $2 Million to Nigerian subcontractors with the understanding that a portion of the money was to be used as bribes to Nigerian Government officials. The bribe was to help Shell with its custom process on its deepwater Bonga project.

The US Securities Exchange Commission stated that Shell eventually made $14 Million in profit as the result from the bribes.

(See the effects of corruption on the global economy.)

Source: “Shell Bribes Among ‘Culture of Corruption,’ Panalpina Admits,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, November 5, 2010.