In the aftermath of the anti‐government protests in Egypt in January and February 2011 and the overthrow of the incumbent regime, corruption is… Read More
In the aftermath of the anti‐government protests in Egypt in January and February 2011 and the overthrow of the incumbent regime, corruption is seen as a major challenge undermining Egypt’s development.
Corruption in Egypt affects all sectors and is pervasive across institutions at all levels, reducing economic efficiency and resulting in the unequal alloction of resources. The misuse of public office for private gain, ‘grand corruption’, by former leaders and high-ranking officials has led to huge losses of public resources, weakened government institutions and undermined previous efforts to install a culture of good governance.
In the last year Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, Egypt scored 2.9, on a scale from zero to 10, with 10 perceived as the least corrupt, while zero is viewed as highly corrupt. This score has placed Egypt on the position 112th out of a total of 182 countries. Compared to 2010, when Egypt was on the 98th place for a score of 3.1, the latest index shows a deterioration of the public perception on how corrupt the public sector is in Egypt.
To address the prevention and fight against corruption, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has designed and launched a project entitled “Supporting Measures to Combat Corruption and Money Laundering, and to Foster Asset Recovery, in Egypt” (EGYX49). The objective of the project is to establish an effective mechanism to combat corruption and money laundering in Egypt, to foster asset recovery procedures, as well as to create a solid framework for the implementation of The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). This project is partly funded by the European Commission and implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) in Cairo and follows the UNODC Regional Programme on Drug Control, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform in the Arab States 2011-2015.
One of the project components aims at increasing the public awareness on the factors leading to and the risks and consequences of corruptions and money laundering. Besides measures aimed at enhancing the capacity of the state institutions to respond to corruption and reforming the legislation framework, the national awareness campaign is seen as a useful tool for corruption prevention and building public confidence in the state institutions. Read Less