An anti-corruption organisation called ‘Gambia Participates’ has marked this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day at its office in Kanifing.
December 9th is recognised by the United Nations as International Anti-Corruption Day and ‘Gambia Participates’ is known for its anti-corruption campaigns.
According to the United Nations: “Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption; a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP.
In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption is estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
The Founder and Executive Director of Gambia Participates, Marr Nyang, said the country has recently received support from international partners worth billions of Dalasis, adding that when the government campaigns against corruption and criminalizes corrupt institutions and individuals, then, these billions of Dalasis received could be used wisely to support the country’s development agenda.
He said rural communities are the most vulnerable ones. “With all the grants received to support them, it was unfortunate that little, if at all, has been enjoyed by these communities from the grants received.”
He said Gambia is the 145 least corrupt country out of the 175 countries according to Transparency International.
Nyang said the budget speech will be read on December 15 and that in order to curb corruption in The Gambia, it was necessary to know where our money comes from and where it goes.