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How corruption affects businesses around the world, in 5 charts

Ravi Kumar
Digital strategist, World Bank
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This post first appeared on The World Bank’s Governance for Development Blog.

We know corruption in developing countries affects poor people the most. It also impacts firms in many ways.

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Here are five charts showing how corruption is affecting businesses from South Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa.

These charts are based on surveys of more than 13,000 firms in 135 countries, by World Bank Enterprise Surveys. It collects data directly from firms to study an economy’s private sector.

Over 50% of companies in Middle East and North Africa identify corruption as a major constraint


1 in 4 companies in South Asia are expected to give “gifts” to get an operating license


27% of companies in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to give “gifts” to public officials “to get things done”


Almost half of firms in South Asia are expected to give “gifts” to secure a government contract


​1 in 3 firms are expected to give “gifts” to get a construction permit in East Asia and Pacific


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Author: Ravi Kumar is a Digital Strategist with the Governance Global Practice at the World Bank Group

Image: A worker arrives at his office. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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