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Social impacts of corruption upon community resilience and poverty

James Lewis

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 9, No 1 (2017), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/jamba.v9i1.391

Submitted: 09 November 2016
Published:  26 May 2017


Corruption at all levels of all societies is a behavioural consequence of power and greed. With no rulebook, corruption is covert, opportunistic, repetitive and powerful, reliant upon dominance, fear and unspoken codes: a significant component of the ‘quiet violence’. Descriptions of financial corruption in China, Italy and Africa lead into a discussion of ‘grand’, ‘political’ and ‘petty’ corruption. Social consequences are given emphasis but elude analysis; those in Bangladesh and the Philippines are considered against prerequisites for resilience. People most dependent upon self-reliance are most prone to its erosion by exploitation, ubiquitous impediments to prerequisites of resilience – latent abilities to ‘accommodate and recover’ and to ‘change in order to survive’. Rarely spoken of to those it does not dominate, for long-term effectiveness, sustainability and reliability, eradication of corrupt practices should be prerequisite to initiatives for climate change, poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction and resilience.


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James Lewis, Datum International, South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom


resilience; poverty; capacity and ability; corruption; development management


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