Until recently, anti-corruption initiatives were the brightest, most promising trend in Latin America. But they have steadily been derailed and are now converging with the scourge of the coronavirus, adding to the region’s challenges and raising the barriers to recovery after the pandemic ends.
From Pakistan to the U.S., Slovenia to Zimbabwe, there are countless stories around the world detailing how corruption has undermined the fight against the novel coronavirus. Clearly, the pandemic is also a crisis of accountability. But it’s not too late for governments to clean up their act.
For decades, Sierra Leone has languished at the bottom of international corruption rankings, despite anti-graft legislation that has been on the books since 2000. More recently, however, that has started to change under President Julius Maada Bio. While far from corruption-free, the country’s progress is notable.