Research and analysis

Why corruption matters: understanding causes, effects and how to address them

This Evidence Paper aims to address the following question: “What are the conditions that facilitate corruption, what are its costs and what are the most effective ways to combat it?



This study was commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID) to assess the existing body of evidence on corruption. The resulting Evidence Paper aims to be an authoritative assessment of the literature on corruption. The study acts as a key source of synthesised knowledge for staff, helping inform policy narratives and programme design.

Published 25 February 2015