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When Corruption Funds the Political System: A Case Study of Honduras

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The Latin American Program is pleased to share a new bulletin on political corruption: “When Corruption Funds the Political System: A Case Study of Honduras,” by Wilson Center Fellow Daniel Sabet. In this report, Sabet explores four most salient types of corruption in Honduras: embezzlement of social development funds, procurement corruption, organized crime corruption, and patronage abuses in the bureaucracy. While each is distinct, in all four cases, corrupt proceeds help fund political campaigns, making corruption a core input to the political system. Sabet explores several potential sources of accountability to prevent and respond to these challenges, including the country’s supreme audit institution and the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption in Honduras (MACCIH). The paper documents how these mechanisms for accountability are either intentionally ineffective or have been systematically undermined. Sabet finds that despite an active civil society, the fight against corruption in Honduras is at a low point. 

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Daniel Sabet

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