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Title:Corruption and human development in Africa: an empirical analysis
Author:Nguemegne, Jacques P.ISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Geographic term:Africa
social welfare
Abstract:In Africa corruption, defined as 'the misuse of public office for selfish gains', is likely to become a serious threat to human development, conceived as 'the development of the people by the people for the people'. This article empirically examines the nature of the relationship between corruption and human development in Africa on the basis of a sample of forty African countries for a period of five years (2003-2007). Using a pooled-cross-country-across-time analysis, the study shows that corruption adversely affects human development in Africa. However, the relationship between corruption and human development is non-linear. The study also shows, unexpectedly, that the adverse effect of corruption on human development is higher in countries with a democratic system. Although domestic investment does not affect human development, capital formation and income were proved to have a positive effect on human development. Finally, the study shows that official development aid negatively affects human development. In conclusion, the article offers suggestions for policy reform. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]