Much of the debate in Ireland around corruption focuses on developing countries and the risks for Irish development aid. This is based not only on genuine concern about the effectiveness of Irish aid efforts, but also on the mistaken idea that most corruption occurs in the context of development aid.

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Corruption is, indeed, an issue of concern to those who are committed to global justice. However, it is not just a development issue. Corruption occurs in all countries, where the mix of opportunity and inclination exists, especially in the interface between the private and public sector.

Where it exists, corruption destabilises democratic government, harms trade and investment, threatens the environment and encourages the abuse of human rights. It impinges on basic social services and threatens the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

In short, corruption hits the poor especially, and should therefore be tackled. The best way to do this is by strengthening formal and informal checks and balances, promoting accountability and enforcing legislation.

The resources below provide further information on how Corruption affects poor people, and what Irish NGOs are doing to combat it.

Dóchas Documents

Other resources

Public Debate in Ireland