The poor and vulnerable suffer most in societies where corruption is high. Women are eight times more likely to die during child-birth in places where more than 60 per cent of people report paying bribes, compared to countries where bribery rates are less than 30 per cent. Corruption leeches around $150 billion each year from African economies–25% of the continent’s GDP (Transparency International). Levels of corruption are also shown to have a negative effect on basic rights like literacy and sanitation.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
- For the protection of the vulnerable in places where the powerful act with impunity.
- For the church to challenge corruption at all levels.
- For light to be shone on situations and individuals—often invisible—who bear the brunt of national and international corruption.