Corruption And Human Rights In Developing Countries

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An African man walks home from the local market to count the earnings he has made from his corn crops. He counts $2, just enough to feed his family. He owns the last plot of farmland in his village, but this will soon change, as another corporation needs space for agriculture. This man will be displaced along with other villagers with nowhere to work. The domination of developing countries is not uncommon and is threatening the human rights of individuals around the world. The uphold of human rights continue to benefit rich populations while the poor suffer because of inequalities in the world 's systems as well as the systems within impoverished countries. These inequalities are supported by discrimination against populations, corruption in …show more content…
Transparency International has found that more than 6 billion people live in a country with a serious corruption problem (Fig.1). Corruption can either divert government funding to personal bank accounts or it can consist of petty bribes (Transparency International, 2010). Corruption in the healthcare system reduces funding, resulting in inadequate healthcare. In Liberia, investigators found that employees of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare were responsible for $4 million in missing funds, which were equivalent to 20% of the ministry 's budget (2010). Another form of corruption that occurs in the healthcare system is the administration of counterfeit drugs. In China, fake drugs account for 200,000 to 300,000 annual deaths (2010). There is also a lot of corruption in water resources and other infrastructures that the general public require to survive. The corruption of these infrastructures causes the poverty of communities. Corruption in water networks raises the price of water by 30-40% (2010). This corruption occurs in locations that are "off the grid" such as slums. Since individuals corrupt the water system for profit, the public cannot access these systems, forcing them to turn to other methods to survive. In Nairobi, Kenya, families must pay bribes to connect to the water system (2010). The average poor family in Mexico spends just over 20% of their income on bribes so they can be allowed access to the water systems (2010). In India, poor people have spent over $200 million in bribes to gain access to infrastructures that are corrupted such as hospitals, schools, and the police force. All in all, corruption puts funds into the wrong places, into the hands of the rich. This creates more poverty in countries that ultimately leads to the loss of their human

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