Corruption in sub-Saharan Africa: A phenomenological study


  • Alexander S. Odemba DBA, FCCA

    1. University of Phoenix
    2. Argosy University
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    • Alexander S. Odemba, DBA, FCCA, is associate professor on the faculty of Business at University of Phoenix and Argosy University. His interests include research focusing on leadership in developing economies. He can be reached at and


The author conducted a qualitative phenomenological study to identify and describe the challenges of government leaders with regard to addressing corrupt practices in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania. The author interviewed 12 senior government leaders to explore their perceptions on corrupt practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Interview data collected resulted in five themes encompassing the need for change in education and behaviors among citizens, media freedom, government transparency, election reform, and global sanctions. The study findings provide a fresh perspective on the challenges of corrupt practices particularly facing leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, which extend beyond the prevailing theories of corruption.