New Report: “Corruption is harming us” 33,000 Children tell child rights agencies
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In a recent child consultation undertaken to highlight the level of corruption in Africa, 33,000 girls and boys have expressed fear that the rising corruption is severely affecting their access to education and health.
The organisations that carried out the study – A group of child-focused agencies working
closely with the African Union including Plan International, UNICEF, Save the Children International, World Vision International, African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), ChildFund International and SOS Children’s Village International in partnership with the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child – have identified informal payments in the form of outright bribes,gratitude payments or off-the-books fees as one of the biggest forms of corruption affecting service provision for children in the education and health sectors. The study, which the first of its kind, was conceptualized in response to the declaration of 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year on the theme “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”