U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.


Please provide an updated analysis and general overview of corruption and anti-corruption measures in the DRC. We would appreciate a focus on public administration, government institutions as well as state-owned enterprises. In addition, we would appreciate consideration of the justice and the mining sectors.


Historically, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced violence and extensive abuses of power. Protracted civil wars coupled with the continued mismanagement of state resources have placed DRC among the group of fragile states with the world’s poorest infrastructure. Bribery, lack of political integrity and weak oversight institutions worsen clientele politics, rent-seeking and instability throughout the country.

Main points

  • Corruption permeates all levels of society from petty bribery and grand corruption to illicit financial flows.
  • There are elements of a good anti-corruption framework but implementation is lacking.
  • Recent research has demonstrated the negative impact corruption in the DRC has had socially, economically and on conflict in the country.


  1. Introduction
  2. Extent of corruption
  3. Nature of corruption challenges
  4. Sectors affected by corruption
  5. Impact of corruption
  6. Anti-corruption framework
  7. Other actors
  8. References


Krista Lee-Jones, [email protected]


Sofie Schuette (U4), [email protected]

Jorum Duri, Samuel Kaninda (TI) and Ernest Mpararo (Ligue Congolaise de Lutte contre la Corruption), [email protected]




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