Abstract corruption is both a major cause and result of poverty and social inequality around the world

ABSTRACT

Corruption is both a major cause and result of poverty and social inequality around the world. It occurs at all levels of society, from governments, civil society, judiciary functions, military and other services and so on. Corruption has been identified by the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations and other International organizations as a major obstacle to development, economic growth, social and Political stability.

Statistics by the World Bank have revealed that Africa has the worst corruption. Africa also has most of the countries grasping with poverty and social inequalities. Corruption costs African countries an estimated 25% of its combined national income

This paper seeks to analyze the causes of poverty and social inequality in Africa . It will show that poverty and social inequalities in Africa are a result of both internal (corrupt governments, inter-ethnic and religious violence and irresponsible economic management.) and external (unequal and unfair trade agreements, undue political pressure applied by wealthy countries and ongoing legacies from the colonial past) causes.

The paper will examine the relationship between poverty, social inequality and corruption and how these three phenomena interact. The paper argues that corruption in Africa has led to increased poverty and social inequalities. It also argues that the roots of corruption lie in poverty and unequal distribution of resources in society. The paper will analyze how corruption leads to poverty and social inequality on the one hand and how poverty and social inequality breed further corruption on the other hand.

In this paper I offer an argument I call the viscous cycle of poverty, social inequality and corruption in Africa . This paper illustrates that corruption in Africa leads to poverty and social inequalities and as poverty and social inequalities increase, levels of corruption also increase thus creating a vicious cycle of poverty, social inequality and corruption. Corruption leads to more poverty and social inequalities and more corruption.

This paper will also show that if corruption in Africa is eliminated, Africa will also say goodbye to poverty and social inequality. This paper will make an analysis of the attempts which have been made by African states to fight corruption, it will show that despite this fight, corruption is still prevalent in the same continent, It will examine why the fight against corruption has not yielded successful results, particularly looking at how the legal and institutional framework in African states themselves facilitate and enhance corruption.

This paper sums up by making new recommendations, proposals or suggestions that can be put in place by African states to effectively bring an end to corruption with a view of fighting poverty and social inequality in Africa

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