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Corruption is generally the abuse of a public position for private gain and can take the form of bribery, embezzlement and theft. It can range from petty to grand, from political to bureaucratic and from a one-off crime to something more systemic. Internationally, it is big business with more than a trillion US dollars paid annually in bribes alone. An AIC review of anti-corruption strategies has concluded that although there are no simple solutions to the problem, political will and support for reforms at the highest levels of government can play a fundamental role in fighting corruption. Further research, including the challenges in dealing with politically exposed individuals, is included in the corruption-related resources on this website.

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