Corruption News

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

According to Transparency International, civil servants and government workers in Nigeria accepted $3.2 Billion (450 Billion Naira) in bribes during during the 2010/2011 fiscal year.

(More political corruption examples.)

Source: Isaac Audu, “Civil Servants Took N450 Billion Bribe in 2010, Says TI,”, December 28, 2011.

Between 2000 and 2008,$4.47 Billion was illegally laundered each year through tax evasion, corruption and other types of crimes in Costa Rica.  The amount laundered was equal to roughly one-fifth of the country’s GDP during that same time period.

(What is money laundering? Find more statistics here.)

Source: Alex Leff, “Fear and money laundering in Costa Rica,” GlobalPost, December 27, 2011.

One third of respondents to a survey in South Asia reported paying a bribe to officials in 2011 for legally entitled services.

40 percent of citizens in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives reported that they paid a bribe to a government worker. The police were the largest recipients of the bribes.

Up to two-thirds of people in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan who had contact with the police paid a bribe during the year.

(Police corruption examples and cases.)

Source: AFP, “A third of south Asians made to pay bribes: survey,” Google News, December 22, 2011.


Between 2009 and 2011, news media in China reported that 15,109 officials were punished for corruption and accepting bribes in construction related activities.

Source: Helen Yuan, “China Punishes Officials for Corruption in Construction: Xinhua,” Bloomberg, December 21, 2011.

Various types of corruption in Kenya is estimated to cost as much as $1 Billion each year.

Despite living on less than $1 per day, Kenyans pay on average 16 bribes each month.

Source: Scott Balduaf, “Websites allow Kenyans to report bribes and battle corruption,” Christian Science Monitor, December 21, 2011.

A report by Global Financial Integrity estimates that up to $903 Billion was lost to crime, corruption and tax evasion in developing countries in 2009.

In the 10 years leading up to 2009, up to $2.74 Trillion left China through illicit financial flows, followed by $453 Billion in Mexico.

Source: Frederika Whitehead, “Illicit activities costing developing world billions, claims report,” Guardian, December 15, 2011.

According to author and researcher Andrew Feinstein, 40 percent of all corruption in world trade involves transactions in the global arms trade.

In addition, Transparency International estimates that the effects of corruption within the global defense industry is worth at least $20 Billion a year.

Source: “Q/A: Inside the murky world of arms dealing,” CNN, Security Clearence Blog, December 12, 2011.

Source: “Defence Against Corruption: Diagnosis-Facts and Figures,” Transparency International, accessed: March 7, 2011.

According to a survey by StatsSA, 5.6 percent of households in South Africa reported being asked to pay a bribe to government officials between 2008 and 2010. Out of all the bribes asked to be paid, 52.8 percent of the requests were from traffic police with the bribes being used to avoid traffic fines.

(More examples of the type of corruption impacting governments.)

Source: “Over half of bribes to traffic cops,” Times Live, November 24, 2011.

According to a survey report conducted by Transparency International, 56 percent of people living in Southern Africa who came in contact with a public service worker were asked to pay a bribe in 2010.

The survey was conducted with citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

(More examples of government corruption.)

Source: “‘Corruption getting worse in southern Africa’,” IOL, November 22, 2011.

Between the start of combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2011, the United States Government has lost $360 Million from government contracts.Most of the losses were from bribery and corruption, with a small portion of the money ending up in the hands of the Taliban and insurgents.

In addition, a report by the Congressional Research Service in the United States reported that contracted projects in Afghanistan are 30 percent higher than necessary, and that the 30 percent increase in costs is due to corruption and bribe payments.

Source: Justin Elliot, “Corruption in Afghanistan: Worse than you thought,” Salon, November 17, 2011.

 Source: Associated Press, “$360M Lost to Insurgents, Criminals in Afghanistan,” ABC News, August 16, 2011.