What Central America is Losing Due to Corruption

An ICEFI study concludes that corruption in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras covers "virtually all sectors" and in Guatemala alone, the losses generated are estimated at $550 million per year.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The book "Corruption: Its Paths and Impact on Society and an Agenda to Confront it in the Central American North Triangle", "... studies the relationship between corruption and democracy, highlighting that corruption in the C.A.N.T -El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - has special characteristics derived from historical aspects, such as the construction of weak states, periods of authoritarianism, civil war and counterinsurgency systems, and the impairment of judicial independence."

"... The book highlights that corruption must be understood and faced as a problem that is not exclusive to the public sector, as it affects and is especially relevant to private sector businesses. The book shows the systematic presence of private actors involved in the majority of the analyzed cases and an outsourcing of the management of corruption. The Icefi concludes that corruption covers practically all sectors, and therefore the search for solutions is also everyone's responsibility." 

From a statement issued by the ICEFI:

The Icefi has identified eight main paths leading to corruption: outdated legislation; weak institutionality; systems of administration of justice with limited capacities and resources; electoral systems and political parties without democratic rigor; poor access to public information; poor citizen participation; conflicts of interest; and, impunity. It analyzes each of these roads to corruption, identifying special features in the three countries of the C.A:N.T. To illustrate these paths, the book compiles a collection of relevant cases of corruption in each of the countries studied, providing a brief description and analysis based on official documents from investigations and journalistic reports. The cases studied allow us to understand that corruption constitutes an enormous loss of opportunities for C.A.N.T citizens.

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Read executive summary (in Spanish).

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