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Reversing the Trend of Corruption in South Sudan


  • Maker Mayek Riak

    (Monash University, Australia)


Despite various strategies that have been applied to limit and control the pervasive impacts of corruption across the world, corruption continues to be a global menace. Sub-Saharan Africa has been the hardest affected by corruption which has led to serious underdevelopment in the region. South Sudan, the world’s newest State, has fallen in the trap of the preceding sub-Saharan African Countries which have been largely plagued by corrupt practices and serious deficit in governance. Since the region got a semi-autonomous status in 2005 and subsequently gained independence in 2011 as a result of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the country has been fraught with numerous challenges of governance. As recent as August this year, the President of South Sudan wrote a letter to 75 government officials accusing them of embezzling money in the order of $4 billion; money which was meant to be used for providing social services to the impoverished population. Today, South Sudan is receiving pressure, both from its citizens and international donors, to ensure that the right measures are put in place to combat the scourge of corruption.

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  • Maker Mayek Riak, 2013. "Reversing the Trend of Corruption in South Sudan," Journal of Developing Societies, , vol. 29(4), pages 487-501, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jodeso:v:29:y:2013:i:4:p:487-501

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