It’s just come out that Macmillan Publishers has been banned by the World Bank over bribes it paid to the Sudanese government to secure lucrative education contracts in the Sudan.
This came as quite a surprise to me (and I guess a lot of other people, too) for a couple of reasons.
- Firstly while we can expect bribes from oil companies, arms manufacturers, giant multi-nationals and so on, you don’t really expect to hear of bribes and educational companies in the same breath.
- And secondly, we all know education is a business, but such a profitable business that makes bribery an option?
2012-07-03 Update – OUP Bribery
In July 2012 OUP were also fined almost 1.9 million GBP after having been found to have bribed officials in East Africa. Ref