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The corruption and sustainable development nexus in Africa: a contemporary review and analysis

Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr. (Policy Division, Development Practice International, Oakville, Canada)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 21 December 2022

Issue publication date: 12 March 2024




This study aims to re-examine the corruption and sustainable development nexus in Africa and offer a contemporary analytical review and analysis of that relationship in the region.


Drawing on the available and accessible relevant data from credible sources, this work quantifies, outlines and analyses the nexus between corruption and sustainable development, as it applies primarily to sub-Saharan Africa. It uses the relevant disaggregated data and also complements that with the results of reliable empirical studies to further cross-reference and demonstrate the corruption and sustainable development nexus.


It is shown that corruption in Africa continues to be negatively associated with sustainable development objectives and that, in turn, will continue to affect the continent’s progress in achieving sustainable development. Undoubtedly, corruption is very damaging to economies across all nations and regions. However, in Africa, this impact on sustainable development has been particularly severe and ongoing. Consequently, the views expressed several decades ago of corruption being able to grease the wheels and potentially contribute to economic development is not valid and, in fact, has been severally discredited over the years.


The main value of the paper is the insights it provides, and with cross-reference to the empirical literature and time series data, on the corruption and sustainable development nexus in Africa.



Hope, Sr., K.R. (2024), "The corruption and sustainable development nexus in Africa: a contemporary review and analysis", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 331-346.



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