Cost of Politics

Most donor support in the fight against corruption has been focused on strengthening the institutions that fight the symptoms of corruption: Anti-corruption commissions, special investigative agencies, the auditor general and financial intelligence centres; institutions that attempt to detect and prevent corruption. Yet, the root causes of much corruption lies elsewhere. It lies in the growing cost of politics.

Our research into the associated costs of getting into politics in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia and Ukraine is available below:

WFD’s in-depth study, in collaboration with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), breaks down the various costs involved in seeking public office in Ghana: