Transparency International

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Can you provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts in Brazil?


Corruption remains one of the biggest impediments to economic development in Brazil. It threatens recent strides made towards equality and social justice, and it has exposed the fragility of Brazil’s 30-year-old democracy. Over the last few years, Operation Carwash (Operação Lava-Jato in Portuguese) has uncovered one of the largest corruption schemes in history, involving billions of dollars, politicians and businesses from several different countries. While it is the direct result of legal and institutional evolution in anti-corruption policies, it has also demonstrated how much work remains to be done. Wide-ranging reforms on Brazil’s political system are necessary not only to fight and, especially, prevent corruption, but also to safeguard the country’s democracy.


  1. Overview of corruption in Brazil
  2. Weakened democracy
  3. Legal and institutional anti-corruption framework
  4. References


Guilherme France, [email protected]


Maíra Martini, Transparency International




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