Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
An assessment of negative impact of corruption on socio-economic and political developments of societies: The case of Benishangul Gumuz Regional state, Ethiopia
Author(s): Zewde Getahun, Adamu Jibat
Abstract: The aim of this article is to assess the socio-economic and political impacts of corruption on socio-economic and political development of societies. Emphasis is given on the negative impact of corruption on social, economic and political development of Communities in the Case of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State of Ethiopia. The research is conducted based on qualitative methodology which used in-depth interview and focus group discussion in order to raise a better understanding about negative impact of corruption on development of societies. The key informants were taken from ten woreda’s towns of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State. Among others, lack of transparency and accountability, lack of consistency, weaknesses of democratic institutions such as in the legislative and judicial systems provide fertile ground for existence of corruption. Thus, corruption is a great obstacle to sustainable socio-economic and political development of societies by undermining the rule of law, the legitimacy of government, financial growth and investment potential, as well as a country’s overall development objectives. If appropriate controls are not taken and well-enforced, corruption can progressively degrade a socio-economic and political development of societies in general and good governance and its ability to deliver services to citizens in particular. It has contributed to the sharp rise in income and wealth inequality among nations and it would be a major obstacle to achieve sustainable development agenda of the future.