Corruption in Nicaragua

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Corruption remains a serious problem for doing business in Nicaragua. Some businesses have suggested that facilitation payments are demanded from the authorities when conducting commercial activities in Nicaragua and the government often shows favoritism towards certain well-connected companies.[1] Since the election of Daniel Ortega in 2006, corruption had continued to increase.[2]

Anti-corruption efforts[edit]

Generally, Nicaragua has a well-developed legislative framework preventing and criminalizing corruption. Nicaragua has also signed several international agreements, such as the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.[3] In practicality, Nicaragua's anti-corruption institutions are highly subject to political influences.[4]


According to Freedom House, Nicaragua was among its Largest 10-Year Score Declines list in its Freedom in the World 2017 report,[5] with the human rights organization stating:[2]

The election of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in 2006 began a period of democratic deterioration in Nicaragua that continues today. President Ortega has consolidated all branches of government under his party’s control, limited fundamental freedoms, and allowed unchecked corruption to pervade the government. In 2014, the National Assembly approved constitutional amendments that paved the way for Ortega to win a third consecutive term in November 2016.


  1. ^ "Nicaragua Corruption Profile". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Nicaragua | Country report | Freedom in the World | 2017". Freedom House. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Nicaragua Corruption Profile". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Freedom in the World 2017". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 

External links[edit]