World Bank cracks down on corruption

Corruption has persisted for millennia as have various efforts to root it out. International development efforts, with money moving from donors like the World Bank to contractors and governments, have their fair share of corruption.

A chart from The Economist shows the number of individuals and organizations that have been debarred from working with the World Bank due to corruption. The increase from 2006 to 2013 appears to be the result of an increased effort by the Bank to cut down on corruption.

Interestingly, 2013 already has four times more debarred firms and individuals than 2012 and more than twice that of 2011. Could that increase be the result of Jim Kim taking the helm?

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.