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This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from the European Commission. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Please provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Tanzania


The Tanzanian government under the presidency of John Magufuli has cracked down heavily on corruption. Despite the current anti-corruption campaigns, however, political, petty and grand corruption seem to be endemic in the country. The regime is becoming increasingly authoritarian, resulting in the suppression of dissent, banning of protests, and a crackdown on media and opposition forces. Observers state that populist anti-corruption operations have to give way to initiatives aimed at a systemic and structural overhaul to bring about lasting and meaningful change.


  1. Background
  2. Extent of corruption
  3. Nature of corruption challenges
  4. Sectors affected by corruption
  5. Legal framework
  6. Institutional framework
  7. Other stakeholders
  8. References

Main points

  • The incumbent government is cracking down heavily on corruption.
  • Critics allege that President Magufuli is steering the state towards greater authoritarianism, with little tolerance of dissent.
  • Citizens perceive that corruption levels have fallen in the country, but many still fear reporting acts of corruption.


Kaunain Rahman, [email protected]


Roberto Martinez B. Kukutschka, Paul Banoba and Brian Cooksey, Transparency International




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