COVID-19 and Corruption: Articles, Blogs, and Online Resources


Compiled by the staff of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, this list of publications and resources may be of use to the global anti-corruption community. The most recent entries are placed near the top. We welcome your suggestions for additional articles, reports, and resources on this issue. Note: last updated on July 21, 2020; some headlines have been slightly modified for this page.

Trackers, Indexes & Reports
Accountable Governance and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Global Democracy & COVID-19: Upgrading International Support
Minimising Bribery and Corruption in the Time of COVID-19
Corruption and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus and Aid: What We’re Watching
The Global Crisis of Corruption
Country Assessments: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Economic Crisis
The COVID-19 and Persons Deprived of Liberty Information Hub and Collaborative Platform 
The Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index 
Global Dashboard: COVID-19 Government Policies
(IMF) National Policy Responses to Coronavirus 
Getting Ahead of the Curve (Transparency International)
The IMF and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
COVID-19 Africa Watch
(IMF) Special Series on COVID-19 
Collecting Open Government Approaches to COVID-19
Country by Country Date
How Maduro Is Using COVID-19 to Silence His Opponents Even Further 7/21
Even in a Pandemic, Egypt’s Sisi Only Has One Gear: Repression 7/20
Afghans Fear Renewed Waste After Launch of New $224M Aid Package 7/20
PM’s Corruption Trial Resumes Amid Protests Over Israel’s Handling of COVID-19 7/19
Big Business in Bangladesh: Selling Fake Coronavirus Certificates 7/16
Hospital Owner in Bangladesh Allegedly Faked Thousands of COVID-19 Tests 7/16
Signs That Guatemala’s Justice System is Under Attack 7/15
Honduras President Ensures There Will Be No Tolerance for COVID-19 Corruption 7/15
Maha BJP Chief Alleges Corruption in COVID-19 Fight in Indian State 7/12
Cambodian Politics and Corruption Amid COVID-19 7/10
COVID-19: The Resurrection of India’s Corruption Virus 7/9
Zimbabwe Health Minister Obediah Moyo Sacked Amid Graft Scandal 7/8
As Coronavirus Cases Explode in Brazil, So Do Investigations Into Corruption 7/8
Corruption in Somalia Complicates Aid During Pandemic 7/7
Investigations Into South Africa COVID-19 Relief Fund Corruption Underway 7/7
Saudi Arabia Clamps Down On Corruption 7/7
Keep Corruption At Bay During COVID-19 Crisis in Malaysia 7/7
Malawi’s Chakwera Pledges Graft Clampdown in Subdued Inauguration Amid Virus 7/6
Government’s Incapacity and Corruption Worsen Crisis in Honduras 7/6
Alleged Corruption on Government’s Purchase of COVID-19 Equipment in India 7/3
Inequality and Corruption: Why Peru Is Losing Its COVID-19 Battle 7/1
Indonesian Police Ordered to Get Tough on COVID-19 Fund Misuse 7/1
Slovene Cabinet Rocked by Police Probe Into COVID-19 Gear Deal 6/30
Pandemic Probe: Brazilian Governor Targeted in Police Raid 6/30
COVID-19: Corruption Prevails As Kuwait Fights Pandemic 6/29
COVID-19: Nepal in Crisis 6/29
Indian Congress Asks Centre to Push Punjab For Probe Into COVID-19 Corruption 6/28
Jordan Government Takes on Tax Evasion, Abuse of Public Office 6/24
Romania Investigates Allegations of Bribery in COVID-19 Masks Contract 6/24
Nigeria’s Post-COVID-19 Plan Has Some Merit. But It Misses the Mark 6/21
Bangladesh Dirty Money Fight Complicated by Coronavirus Twist 6/21
Protests in Nepal Against Failure to Stop Interference, COVID-19 & Corruption 6/21
Zimbabwe’s Health Minister Charged in COVID-19 Graft Case 6/20
The Authoritarian Politics of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe 6/18
Colombia’s Coronavirus Aid Used to Pay Back Election Contributions? 6/18
Ecuador Officials Investigate Corruption in Hospitals 6/18
Afghan Anti-Corruption Efforts ‘Slowed’ Due to Elections, COVID-19 6/18
Bangladesh and COVID-19: Disaster Within a Disaster 6/18
Kenya Coronavirus: 3,860 Cases; Corruption Probe on Donations, Funds 6/17
TI Bangladesh Finds Gross Corruption in COVID-19 Purchases 6/16
Nepalese Students Protest Corruption, Government Handling of Pandemic 6/15
Iraq: Urgent Need For Free Speech Protection During COVID-19 6/15
Opinion & Position Pieces Date
Fighting COVID-19 Also Requires Intensifying Anti-Corruption Efforts 7/17
Want An Image of Corruption? Look to the Victims 7/16
Corruption is Rife in the COVID-19 Era. Here’s How to Fight Back 7/15
Grant Makers Can Improve Government Effectiveness in the COVID-19 Era 7/13
Corruption Has Modernized, So Should Anti-Corruption Initiatives 7/13
Layered Pandemics: Transnational Organized Crime Rages in the Time of COVID 7/12
To Beat COVID-19, Governments Need to Open Up 7/11
Cut Corruption, Not Social Protection During COVID-19 7/9
In Our COVID-19 Haste, We Forget Financial Integrity at Our Peril 7/8
8 Considerations to Manage Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs in a Crisis  7/8
Coronavirus Corruption Cases Spread Across Latin America 7/7
Robust Rule of Law A Must Before Getting EU Money, Top Official Says 7/6
COVID-19 Seems To Be Cooking Biggest Ever Global Scam 7/4
World Justice Project: Corruption and the COVID-19 Pandemic 7/1
How COVID-19 Has Advanced the Case for Procurement Reform 7/1
Companies That Respect Human Rights Will Best Survive the Pandemic Recession 6/29
COVID-19 and the Rule of Law 6/29
How to Turn COVID-19 Crisis Into A Blessing 6/28
Protecting Young Startups During COVID-19 6/24
Ownership and the Global Coronavirus Pandemic 6/24
Never Waste A Crisis: Corporations Invest to ‘Recover Better’ from COVID-19 6/24
Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19 6/23
What Ebola Crisis Can Teach Us About COVID-19 Compliance 6/23
Coronavirus Shows We Need More International Cooperation, Not Less 6/23
COVID-19 Has Changed A Lot from Crime to Policy. Legal Systems Must Keep Up 6/23
What Third Parties Are Doing During COVID-19 Pandemic 6/22
Coronavirus Favors the Pandemic of Corruption in Latin America 6/21
How Can Technology Help Overcome Corruption Risks in COVID-19 Response? 6/18
COVID-19: Assessing the Global Corruption Fallout 6/17
COVID-19 Is Showing Why a Vaccine to Stop EU Finance Fraud Is Needed 6/17
Data Fog: Why Some Countries’ Coronavirus Numbers Do Not Add Up 6/17
Protecting Young Startups During COVID-19 Pandemic 6/16
Are Special Interests Undermining the Quest for a COVID-19 Vaccine? 6/15
Holy See: Pandemic Highlights Need for New Solutions to Counter Corruption 6/15
Handling Integrity Risks Post COVID-19 6/15
Healthcare & Corruption Date
Global Pharmaceutical Corruption: Lessons From the Novartis Case 7/15
No Let-Up in Health Sector Corruption  7/13
Uncertain Diagnosis: The Murky Global Markets for Coronavirus Antibody Tests 7/6
Questionable Paperwork Lets Fake and Faulty Masks Flood Europe 7/2
Pharma Companies Need Extra Anti-Corruption Vigilance During A Pandemic 7/2
How to Tackle Corruption in Health Procurement 7/1
Free Bangladesh Health Sector From Corruption 6/28
Blockchain Technology to Prevent Corruption in COVID-19 Response 6/18
Democracy & Governance Date
In Suriname, the COVID-19 Pandemic Dislodges A Once-Unmovable Strongman 7/16
Protests Rock Several Countries As COVID-19 Ignites Rage Against Governments 7/15
Tunisia’s Democracy is the Untold Success Story of the Pandemic 7/10
What COVID-19 Reveals About Governance, State Capture, and Natural Resources 7/10
In India, Modi Is Using COVID-19 to Further Undermine a Once-Vibrant Democracy 6/24
COVID-19 in Mexico: Democracy is Not at Risk? 6/22
COVID-19 Increases Pressure on Myanmar Firms to Improve Governance 6/22
NGO Leaders on Preventing COVID-19 from Killing Democracy in Africa 6/17
COVID-19 Raises the Risks of Violent Conflict 6/17
Latin America Sees Largest Decline in Peace as COVID Poses Further Threat 6/15
Morocco Is a COVID-19 Success Story. But at What Cost? 6/15