The Daily Outrage: Africa’s ‘quiet corruption’ affecting schools, medical care, farmers 

WHAT: A new World Bank report blasted “quiet corruption” throughout Africa as a “failure of public servants to deliver goods or services paid for by governments.” The report said studies during the past decade found teachers across Africa fail to appear in class as often as 25 percent of the time. Parents in seven African countries reported they paid registration fees for primary education even though by law it’s supposed to be free.

HOW WIDESPREAD: Quiet corruption was commonly found in high absenteeism by doctors and teachers paid through public funds, a low level of effort and bribing supervisors to gain personal advantages such as transfers. Drugs were regularly stolen from public clinics and sold in the private market, and subsidized fertilizer was diluted into uselessness before it reached farmers.

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