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Security & Strategic Review - April 2021

BRAZIL: Anti-corruption drive in tatters

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken the unprecedented step of setting up a permanent monitoring group to keep an eye on corruption in Brazil, a move which illustrates international concern with setbacks to anti-corruption efforts in the South American giant. The unravelling of the iconic ‘Lava Jato’ investigation, which put powerful businessmen and politicians behind bars for corruption, along with indications that President Jair Bolsonaro’s family has been involved in corrupt dealings, are two major sources of concern for anti-corruption watchdogs, who worry that the Bolsonaro government has completely abandoned efforts to fight graft.  

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