U4 Helpdesk Answer | International drivers of corruption

Links between illicit financial flows and peace and security

By Iñaki Albisu Ardigo
U4 Expert Answer 2014:21

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There is anecdotal evidence that illicit flows may contribute to conflict and fragility by providing conflict, terrorist and criminal groups the financial means to conduct their operations and undermine peace. Similarly, illicit financial flows may contribute towards undermining a government’s legitimacy by draining financial and material resources from public coffers. Lack of development and lack of legitimacy are powerful drivers for compelling citizens to engage in or support conflict.

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