Policy and research: Governance and corruption

Poor governance has a negative impact on the poor. Poor governance is a product of dysfunctional relationships between the state and its citizens.

Corruption is one of the major effects of poor governance. Corruption undermines well-being and quality of life, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable people. In Africa alone, the cost of corruption has been estimated at US$ 148 billion a year, representing 25 per cent of the continent’s GDP. 

Tearfund is working on governance and corruption issues both at a local and global level. For more information on Tearfund’s work, please contact:

Melissa Lawson (melissa.lawson@tearfund.org)

Below are some of Tearfund's policy reports. Alongside our successful Unearth the Truth campaign, Tearfund's current Secret's Out campaign calls on G20 leaders to tackle corruption.