What’s the link between African protests and corruption?
Professor Dan Hough, course leader for the Corruption and Governance MA (online) at the University of Sussex and Moletsane Monyake, National University of Lesotho, have recently written an article for the Washington Post exploring the scale of corruption in Africa and its relation to mass protests.
On 29 January Transparency International launched its annual global index of corruption, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI measures perceived levels of corruption in 180 countries, with the corruption scale marked from 0-100. The higher the country ranks, the lower the level of perceived corruption. Transparency International suggests a score under 50 indicates serious corruption problems, while a score under 30 indicates that corruption is endemic.
Of the 49 African states examined in the 2019 index, the average score was 32. In their article Professor Hough and Moletsane Monyake explore the relationship between widespread corruption in Africa, how much of it is reported and the recent rise in anti-corruption protests.