Reducing corruption could help prevent violent extremism


Curbing corruption can contribute to preventing violent extremism. Research is gradually emerging on the linkages between corruption and violent extremism but remains a work in progress.  At this stage, reasonable argument could be made that corruption is both a cause and consequence of governance deficits, and may create or sustain conditions that could fuel violent extremism.

Evidence from Transparency International suggests that the lowest-scoring countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) are often those experiencing conflict or war. Reducing corruption could therefore increase the prospects for preventing violent extremism.

There is growing policy recognition that corruption is part of a multi-faceted set of drivers of violent extremism. The UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism suggests that countries that fail to control corruption (amongst other indicators like poverty, unemployment, diversity management in accordance with human rights obligations), tend to witness greater number of incidents linked

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