Public Procurement and Corruption in Africa: A Literature Review

September 2013 | Andrea Appolloni and Jean M. Mushagalusa Nshombo, University of Rome

Corruption is the major scourge of governments in Africa. This paper answers three questions: what types of corruption are found more often within public procurement in Africa? What are the major determinants of corruption in public procurement and what are the major challenges for the fight against corruption in public procurement in Africa? This paper examines the determinants of public procurement corruption in Africa, and finds that the economic, political, organizational and social determinants have a significant relationship with public procurement corruption in Africa, and proposes some challenges to consider in the fight against corruption in public procurement. Because of the complexities of corruption in public procurement, comprehensive preventive measures are necessary. Clear regulations and transparent procedures in public procurement, including e-procurement, establishment of procurement boards, education and public awareness of corruption in public procurement are examples of effective preventive measures. Despite these measures, corruption in public procurement still persists.

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