Status of Latin America's Anti-Corruption Fight Amid Health and Political Challenges [April 21, 2020] [open pdf - 622KB]
From the Background: "After sweeping across the region, anti-corruption activism in Latin America appears to have stalled. Populist leaders in Brazil and Mexico campaigned on fighting public corruption during their 2018 elections. However, after more than a year in office, both presidents have demonstrated little progress on significant corruption prosecutions or substantial governmental reform. Elsewhere, in 2019 and early 2020, governments in Central America shut down notable anti-corruption institutions that were approved by wide majorities of their citizens and supported by U.S. policy and assistance. As the region grapples with the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, U.S. policymakers, including Congress, may recall and potentially consider supporting anew the civil society activism that spurred government action in Latin America and the Caribbean."
CRS Insight, IN11350
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