Corruption is a form of dishonesty or a criminal offense that is undertaken by a person or an organization that is entrusted in a position of authority, in order to acquire illicit benefits or abuse power for one’s personal gain.
The most common types or categories of corruption are supply versus demand corruption, grand versus petty corruption, conventional versus unconventional corruption, and public versus private corruption.
This shows us that the most corrupt countries in Africa are among the most corrupt countries worldwide.
This provides you with the ten most corrupt countries in Africa by CPI. We’ll start from the least and work our way up to the most corrupt.
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Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Kaaba, as well as part of the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century, while a few others were under some rule by the Portuguese Empire since the 16th century.
The country is plagued by many social vices resulting from the government’s mismanagement. This has led to national instability bordering on collapse.
Most of its citizens live in abject poverty, with many of their fundamental human rights violated daily. Law enforcement in Guinea-Bissau is so weak that it is almost non-existent. Thus engaging in the trafficking of drugs and weapons.
Chad is a landlocked country at the crossroads of North and Central Africa, Only a few citizens have the access to clean water thereby bad sanitation causing the spread of waterborne diseases like typhoid. Malaria still remains it problem due to the mosquito bite
Electoral fraud in all its forms is also characteristic of the country’s governmental structure, The executive arm controls the judicial arm of the country’s government. So the country’s leaders can rule as they please without any consequence which is not supposed to be so. Corrupt practices are also rife in public service institutions at all levels.
Despite its natural resources of Gold and Coltan, they are still listed among the most corrupt countries In the world, now having the largest hunger situation in the economic system.
They have poor infrastructure an underdeveloped regulatory environment and lack of institutional capacity and a weak rule of law fueled the persistent governance crisis.
The military is operating on its own so the constant struggle for control and power tussle between the country’s between the country already depleted forces a local military bot along its borders.
For over a century, Sudan first as a colonial holding, then as an independent country including its neighbor South Sudan.
Sudan is well known for having the most giant pyramids, with over 200 recorded in the country.
The country has given permission for corruption in nearly all sectors of the country, particularly in the economic sector, it also arises in the political ring where authority abuse power and favoritism is the order of the day, they also live in uncomfortable conditions due to the fact its located in Sahara desert,
The country was ranked 180th in 2015 and later went down to 185 in 2019/2020, when it comes to socio-economic measures, the county comes last.
Burundi has had more than its fair share of political strife, intertribal contentions, ethnic wars, and the like. it has made them one of the poorest and least undeveloped countries. they deal mainly with their traditional food.
Burundi’s political system is a presidential representative democratic republic based upon a multi-party state.
They are known for the volcanic island of the Comorian archipelago which is called the perfume island for its fragrance, They have a very poor health care center so the spread of diseases is rapid. Low cost of living, bad governance, bad roads, and poor standard of living based on the low-income breed that citizens get paid.
Further analysis also shows that The country’s Security isn’t up to standard, unlike the other countries. They are also very populated with people thereby causing a lack of resources and unemployment.
4. Equatorial Guinea
Healthcare is also a major issue for citizens living in poverty who can’t afford to pay to treat malaria and HIV/AIDS, which is a threat to lives in the country like the little children just growing,
The corruption is incredibly low the citizens no longer have faith in the ability of public officials it is because they only work for their own public benefit, They also fund the country’s revenue into their own personal bank accounts in other nations.
A country has a lot of natural resources, causing its citizens to suffer
Libya is in a state of economic fall in the public and industrial sectors, its one booming oil sector is now placed in corruption and being controlled unlawfully, Lack of law and balance, violating human right, and embezzling public funds for personal usage is now day-to-day activities in the country by the higher authority.
Libya has to enable a stable law and order so its citizen can live freely, also not enslave other citizens from faraway countries, thereby also reducing the arms group in its county.
Libya has been blessed with Good natural resources for the betterment of the citizens, instead, it is been owned and the wealth is not used in the country
The system is operated in a federated parliamentary republic, where the chief of state is the federal president
It is one of the poorest countries in the world, hunger has become the top of 2023 for them with natural disasters and food insecurity, they have a tradition where the majority are supported to go into agriculture.
The funds which are meant for the country’s needs are not been accounted for by the top authority, with their wealth coming from agriculture, fishing, and forestry.
1. South Sudan
They are well known for their humanitarian crisis in the country like sexual violence against young girls and women. The global increase in fuel prices has crated obstacles to the trading of goods and food products then leading to hikes in food and other product since the Ukrainian crisis
The rate of bribes in the country is outrageous thereby many businesses will not be successful due to the negative standard they have set out to rule the country.
It is also the most dangerous and unsafe county to live in, aside from the wealth of natural resources they have poverty is still what the country is battling with Daily.
In conclusion, the top 10 corrupt counties in Africa have a disadvantage as to why corruption in the country keeps going on and on, it is a result of bad governance ruling the citizens.
The country with wealth and natural resources not living up to standard as they ought to due to the fact the citizens have no idea about what the executive arm of government does on a day to day, so they have to go take accountability for what happens by Putting someone that can lead with a pure heart.
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