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Richard Messick
World Bank
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Curbing Fraud, Corruption, and Collusion in the Roads Sector

Because an extensive, well maintained network of roads is essential for economic development, road construction and maintenance projects have been a mainstay of the World Bank’s lending portfolio since its founding.This long experience in the roads sector is reflected in favorable project evaluations.

At the same time, roads projects around the globe remain plagued by fraud, corruption, and collusion. A Transparency International poll ranked construction as the industry most prone to corruption and a survey of international firms revealed that companies in the construction industry were more likely than firms in any other sector to have lost a contract because of bribery.

This report explores how the World Bank and developing nations can reduce losses from collusion in procurement and fraud and corruption in contract execution, drawing on what INT has learned from its  investigations of Bank-funded roads projects, investigations and reports by borrowing country governments, and the experience of developed countries.

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