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Sectoral corruption in Brazil

A look at the health, agribusiness and construction sectors

In Brazil, sectoral approaches allow actors to design sector-specific strategies to address the country’s many corruption challenges. In the health sector, major issues persist in the procurement of goods and services, as well as with clientelism. The agribusiness industry has been damaged by corrupt dealings between companies and health inspectors. Land grabbing, especially in the Amazon, remains a huge problem. Meanwhile, the construction sector has been hard hit by Operation Car Wash, forcing companies to adopt/improve compliance programmes. Self-regulation initiatives have arisen in both the construction and health sectors. There is plentiful research material on global interventions in this area.

19 January 2020
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Sectoral corruption in Brazil

Main points

  • There are advantages to sectoral approaches in assessing and addressing corruption.
  • Governments are the biggest clients for healthcare companies in Brazil, and corruption still presents a substantial risk in procurement proceedings.
  • The agribusiness sector has been rocked by a recently uncovered corruption scheme, pushing integrity to the forefront of the sector’s agenda.
  • Construction companies were at the centre of corruption schemes uncovered by Operation Carwash, prompting increased scrutiny over their activities.
  • Self-regulation and governmental initiatives designed to promote integrity have emerged in all three.

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France, G.; (2020) Sectoral corruption in Brazil. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2020:2)

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Guilherme France


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