Angola is the seventh largest country in Africa. Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its
economy is among the fastest-growing in the world, especially since the end of the civil war. However, the standard of living remains low for most of the population, and life expectancy in Angola is among the
lowest in the world, while infant mortality is among the highest. Corruption remains widespread in Angola due to a lack of checks and balances, insufficient institutional capacity and a culture of impunity. Practices of nepotism, cronyism, and patronage pervade procurement rendering the procurement process opaque and corrupt. The oil and mining sector in Angola are considered especially high-risk areas for corruption.