COVID-19 & Corruption: Latest Trackers, Articles, and Resources

The staff of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center at CIPE has compiled this list of recent publications and resources to help the global anti-corruption community, and it is updated monthly. The most recent entries are placed near the top and extend through the last thirty days. We welcome your suggestions for additional articles, reports, and resources on this issue. Last update: October 22, 2021


Trackers, Indexes, Reports

CIPE LAC The Pandemic’s Impact on Corruption Risks in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina
AS/COA & Control Risks The 2021 Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index
U4 COVID-19 Corruption in 2021: April – May Developments
International Budget P’shp Managing COVID Funds: The Accountability Gap
Transparency Int’l Transparency in the Development and Procurement of COVID-19 Vaccines
IMF Implementation of Governance Measures in Crisis-Related Spending – May 2021
World Justice Project COVID-19 in Latin America: Solutions to Rule of Law Challenges
U4 COVID-19 Corruption in 2021: January – April Developments
NED Transnational Kleptocracy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Containing the Spread
AIC Fraud & Its Relationship to Pandemics & Economic Crises: From Spanish Flu to COVID-19
Africa Watch COVID-19 Africa Watch
IMF Special Series on COVID-19 
FATF COVID-19-Related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
Open Govt P’shp Collecting Open Government Approaches to COVID-19
Carnegie Endowment Conflict Zones in the Time of Coronavirus: War and War by Other Means
Carnegie Endowment Is Coronavirus Catalyzing New Civic Collaborations for Open Government?
Open Contracting P’shp Findings & Recommendations for Better Emergency Procurement
ReliefWeb  Civic Freedoms Under Threat During COVID-19: A Snapshot of Restrictions & Resilience
Freedom House Democracy Under Lockdown
Transparency Int’l IMF COVID-19 Anti-Corruption Tracker
Global Integrity COVID-19, Governance & Anti-Corruption Database
Atlantic Council Central America Economic Reactivation in COVID-19 World:
The Dialogue COVID-19 and Freedom of Expression in the Americas
Brookings Institute Addressing the Other COVID Crisis: Corruption
World Justice Project Accountable Governance and the COVID-19 Pandemic
World Justice Project Corruption and the COVID-19 Pandemic
NED Global Democracy & COVID-19: Upgrading International Support
IACA Minimising Bribery and Corruption in the Time of COVID-19
The New Humanitarian Coronavirus and Aid: What We’re Watching
Global Financial Integrity The Global Crisis of Corruption
NRGI Country Assessments: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Economic Crisis
WOLA The COVID-19 and Persons Deprived of Liberty Information Hub
AS/COA & Control Risks The 2020 Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index
US Chamber of Comm Global Dashboard: COVID-19 Government Policies
IMF National Policy Responses to Coronavirus 

Country by Country


Kenya: Pandemic Health Workers Lack Protection 10/21
Brazil Senate Report Indicting President Dissects ‘Corrupt’ Covaxin Deal 10/20
COVID-19 Deaths Soar As Ukraine Struggles with Fake Vaccine Certificates 10/19
Brazilian Leader Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in Pandemic Response 10/19
South Africa’s Procurement Corruption Thrives Amid Mixed Government Messaging 10/11
3 Egyptian Health Ministry Employees Arrested Over Dumped COVID-19 Vaccines 10/11
Consumers Call on Vietnam to Set Price Controls for COVID-19 Rapid Testing 10/5
South Africa Releases Report into Corruption Charges Against Former Minister 10/4
In Colombia, 7 Governors Investigated for Corruption in Pandemic Management 10/4
Embezzled Health Funds Dent South Africa’s Anti-Graft Stance 9/29
Thai Opposition Parties Seek Probe of Vaccination Management 9/29
Public Servants Receiving Illegal Grants Shows Work to be Done in South Africa 9/27
Bosnian Healthcare Officials Face Corruption Charges 9/23
Equatorial Guinea VP’s Assets to be Used to Fund COVID-19 Vaccines 9/22
Corruption, Dodgy COVID Procurement and Sextortion on the Rise in South Africa 9/22
South Africa: Prosecution and Court Reforms Needed to Catch COVID Criminals 9/21
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Falters in Bulgaria Amid Mistrust, Fake News 9/20
Thai Official Arrested for Pocketing COVID Money for Disabled 9/19
Private Jail in South Africa Probed for Claiming Millions in COVID-19 Funds 9/19
COVID-19 Pandemic Fuelling Financial Crime, Says UAE Central Bank 9/19
Brazil Police Raid Pharmaceutical Firm Amid Senate Vaccine Probe 9/18
South African Company Director Arrested for Alleged COVID-19 Fraud 9/17

Opinion & Position Pieces


Rule of Law Takes a Big Hit During COVID-19 10/18
Tracking Anti-Corruption Commitments 10/18
COVID, Integrity & Premiership: First Clues To Pandemic’s Role In Match Fixing 10/16
Duterte’s Pharmally Pharmaceutical Defense Not a Tolerance of Corruption 9/29
World Bank Yet to See Uptick in COVID-Related Misconduct 9/22
Misinformation Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Cacophony of Lies and Distortions 9/14
COVID-19 Has Spurred a Digital Cash Revolution in Developing Countries 9/14

Healthcare & Corruption


Frustrated Doctors Call for Probe in Philippines’ Pandemic Corruption Mess 10/8
In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction 9/20

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