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 a review of recent literature and evidence exploring the links between corruption, poverty and food insecurity.

The studies in this review generally conclude that corruption is a contributing factor to poverty. As characteristics of poverty, corruption also exacerbates hunger and food instability. Therefore, controlling corruption is necessary to achieve sustainable development outcomes. To achieve this robust anti-corruption measures should be implemented. These include transparency in public service delivery and donor aid, better accountability in government, oversight and sanctioning for corrupt actors.


  1. Background
    1. Definitions
    2. Measurements of corruption, poverty and food insecurity
  2. Literature review
    1. Corruption and poverty
      1. Topic overviews
      2. Correlations between corruption and poverty
      3. Regional analyses
    2. Corruption and food insecurity
    3. The effect of corruption on donor interventions
  3. References


Caitlin Maslen (TI)

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Carmeliza Soares da Costa Rosário (U4)

Jamie Bergin (TI)




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