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Illicit Financial Flows: Significant Impediment to Achieving Sustainable Development Goal #6 — Ensuring Healthy Lives

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WASHINGTON, DC – Analysis of illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the poorest nations shows that from 2008 – 2012 IFFs swamped national health spending in many countries.  The IFF/Health Spending ratios provided below give an indication of the challenge some countries will face in achieving Sustainable Development Goals #6.

GFI President Raymond Baker said that the UN commitment to “substantially reduce” IFFs in target 16.4 “is a crucially important effort that will generate the funds needed to provide basic health services for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Rank Country Ratio
1 Togo 1088.7%
2 Vanuatu 931.4%
3 Congo, Republic of 483.5%
4 Equatorial Guinea 478.1%
5 Liberia 455.7%
6 Djibouti 417.1%
7 Samoa 361.0%
8 Chad 329.6%
9 Solomon Islands 315.5%
10 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 304.2%
11 Comoros 302.5%
12 Zambia 284.0%
13 Nicaragua 265.2%
14 Armenia, Republic of 264.6%
15 Guyana 264.0%
16 Ethiopia 259.5%
17 Honduras 251.6%
18 Paraguay 242.7%
19 Malawi 200.1%
20 Gambia, The 192.2%


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Christine Clough
cclough@nullgfintegrity.org
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