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Options for Reducing Corruption in Procurement: The Case of the Construction Sector in Zambia

University of Zambia

  • Professor Mundia Muya - University of Zambia
  • Dr Lungowe Matakala - University of Zambia
  • Mr Jones J Kalyongwe - University of Zambia
  • Dr Mukombo Jonathan Tambatamba - Institute of Economics and Social Research
  • Ms Balimu Mwiya - University of Zambia
  • Ms Nalukui Milapo - University of Zambia
  • Professor Mubiana Macwan'gi - University of Zambia
  • Mr Vincent Byusa - University of Zambia
  • Dr Khatibu Kazungu - University of Zambia

For details of the ongoing progress of this award please check the Options for Reducing Corruption in Procurement: The Case of the Construction Sector in Zambia project blog.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the construction sector in Zambia is riddled with bribery, extortion and fraud. Corruption has direct consequences on economic and governance factors, intermediaries that produce poverty. It inhibits equitable service delivery and provision of infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and roads; impedes socio-economic development; and negatively affects quality of life. The study addresses corruption in construction in Zambia and draws lessons from Tanzania and Rwanda. It proposes options for procurement reforms.

The objective of the study is to examine the extent and nature of corruption in the procurement cycle and demonstrate what works in preventing and reducing corruption in the construction sector. Qualitative and quantitative methods will be used. Outputs will include an evidence base for best practice to support the development of effective measures aimed at reducing corruption; a corruption monitoring and evaluation framework; and short courses aimed at increasing awareness about corruption. Findings of the study will be widely disseminated.

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