Corruption and Its Consequences in Equatorial Guinea

Corruption and Its Consequences in Equatorial Guinea

Open Society Justice Initiative | March 2010
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This paper briefly examines government corruption in Equatorial Guinea and how it works, and the price paid by the country’s citizens. It is intended to provide background information for lawyers, human rights advocates, and journalists interested in corruption and its consequences in Equatorial Guinea.

"Equatorial Guinea is one of the wealthier nations in the world, with a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) greater than those of Italy, South Korea, or Saudi Arabia. Yet the country’s citizens live in desperate poverty, with over 60% struggling to survive on less than $1 a day... This chasm between the country’s wealth and the poverty of its people raises a basic question: if the money from the sale of Equatorial Guinea’s natural resources is not going to benefit its citizens, where is that money going? 

The Open Society Justice Initiative is seeking to answer that question by investigating corruption at the highest levels of Equatoguinean government and society... This paper briefly examines government corruption in Equatorial Guinea and how it works, and the price paid by the country’s citizens. It is intended to provide background information for lawyers, human rights advocates, and journalists interested in corruption and its consequences in Equatorial Guinea..."  

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