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Corruption & coronavirus


As communities across the UK and around the world face an unprecedented health crisis with the rapid spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, the first priority of governments should be promoting our health and safety.

But extraordinary outbreaks like this one also tend to expose cracks in health systems, highlighting potential risks and opportunities for corruption – corruption that may undermine the response to the pandemic and deprive people of health care.

Here you can see links to the work Transparency International UK is doing on corruption and coronavirus, as well as links to work by the two global initiatives hosted by TI-UK: The Transparency International Health Initiative and Defence & Security Programme.


Corruption and coronavirus: Tracking the trillions

Rachel Cooper, Director of the Transparency International Health Initiative, joins an expert panel to discuss the issues at the heart of tackling corruption in healthcare and disaster response and how transparency around beneficial ownership is key for ensuring an equitable, fair and corruption-free global economic response.


In the decade of delivery, we can’t forget how corruption impacts universal health coverage

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, health advocates have not given up on their ambitious goal of universal health coverage. Advocacy has revolved around the need to secure political will; mobilise economic resources; prioritise budgets for cost-effective interventions – with special attention to Primary Health Care; invest more and invest better; reduce the social burden of out-of-pocket expenses; and reach those left behind. Now, in the face of COVID-19, they are calling on world leaders to recognise the interconnectedness of UHC and health emergencies.


Lobbying during a pandemic? How to safely manage political engagement

What are the key corruption risks surrounding corporate political engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how can we manage them effectively?



How business can protect our health systems

During a global health crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, the capabilities of health systems are pushed to the extreme. This pressure to respond quickly to urgent demand creates opportunities for corruption in health research, development, procurement and delivery.

Coronavirus: The perfect incubator for corruption in our health systems? 7 key COVID-19 points to consider

During disease outbreaks, such as those of Ebola and COVID-19, we see health systems struggle as they handle the increased pressure on resources. In recent days many have flagged how this brings to light weak points within a health system, such as workforce shortages and poor access to medicines. This blog outlines how corruption is another one of these weak points.


IMF: Make COVID-19 funds transparent and accountable

Transparency International, alongside Human Rights Watch and Global Witness, has written to the International Monetary Fund to urge that transparency and anti-corruption measures are included in coronavirus-related emergency relief programs to ensure that the billions of dollars it is disbursing to dozens of countries help the most vulnerable.


Anti-bribery and corruption during COVID-19: Six tips for compliance officers

Our Business Integrity team has compiled some top tips to ensure that compliance officers can keep their organisation running with integrity during this global crisis and ensuring anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) best practice.


Defence sector corruption, an underestimated foe in times of crisis

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, all eyes have been on the sector providing the frontline response to the epidemic: healthcare. But as the military steps in to assist in a growing number of countries around the world, there are questions about whether that could lead to additional problems.


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