Fighting corruption is at the heart of building a better world.

Corruption is widely accepted as one of the greatest obstacles to development, social justice, and poverty alleviation. The World Bank puts a $1.6 trillion price tag on the damaging effects of corruption, and this only refers to bribes. The cost of corruption in Africa alone is estimated at US$148 billion per year, equivalent to 25% of the continent’s GDP and about 300% of foreign aid it receives.

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It’s a fact: communities with systemic corruption are worse off.

Quantity and quality of education is more highly correlated with bribery than national wealth.

Maternal health is more highly correlated with bribery than national wealth.

+1% bribery means
1/2% less access to sanitation

Corruption is responsible for 1.6% of global deaths of children under five




Fides exists to transform lives and communities by promoting a culture of public integrity and reducing systemic corruption.

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“When there is no distinction in conduct between Christians and non-Christians – for example in the practice of corruption…then the world is right to wonder if our Christianity makes any difference at all. Our message carries no authenticity to a watching world.” – CapeTown Commitment, The Lausanne Movement

“Let us strive for a culture of full integrity and transparency.”
CapeTown Commitment, The Lausanne Movement

Corruption undermines our Christian witness and mission: “The credibility of our message depends on the integrity of those who live it and proclaim it.”
Christopher Wright, Accountability and Missions

“Local Churches should cooperate in a valuable manner with international organizations in the fight against corruption.” – Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2006

“There is hope that faith-based organisations can be useful to the anti-corruption movement as they have a history of changing perceptions and hold a strong influence on people all over the world.” – 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Workshop Special Session on Faith and Human Security, 2008

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