Corruption getting worse,

July 9, 2013 4:16 pm 0 comments Views: 384

One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a surveycarried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.

The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe – 84% – and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa. See the list below. The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia, they all have a bribery rate of 1%

1%.

INTERACTIVE Population who have paid a bribe

27% world average
Top countries:
1. Sierra Leone 84%
2. Liberia 75%
3. Yemen 74%
4. Kenya 70%
People, %Number of countries
  • Less than 5%
    16
  • 5 – 9%
    7
  • 10 – 14%
    10
  • 15 – 19%
    11
  • 20 – 29%
    14
  • 30 – 39%
    14
  • 40 – 49%
    9
  • 50 – 74%
    12
  • 75% or more
    2

 

Which public body is seen as the most corrupt?

Where is bribery most widespread?

Across 105 nations politicians, judges and the police head the list of those public institutions people see as the most corrupt. In nearly half of those countries surveyed politicians were singled out as appearing the least trustworthy. Religious bodies and businesses had the lowest corruption rating.

INTERACTIVE Which public body is seen as the most corrupt?

  • Political parties
    51
  • Police
    36
  • Judiciary
    20
  • Public officials / civil servants
    7
  • Parliament / legislature
    7
  • Medical and health services
    6
  • Media
    4
  • Religious bodies
    3
  • Business / private sector
    3

Source: Transparency International, Global Corruption Barometer, 2013

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer gathered data from 95 countries on bribery. For a small number of them, including Brazil and Russia, data on particular questions has been excluded because of concerns about validity and reliability. For the question on corrupt institutions 105 countries were covered.

The margin of error for each country is 3%. The typical sample size is 1,000 people. Four countries – Cyprus, Luxembourg, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands – have a sample size of 500 people and a margin of error of 4%.

Case studies: Tales of bribery and corruption

Have you paid a bribe?

Country Percentage
Afghanistan 46
Algeria 41
Argentina 13
Armenia 18
Australia 1
Bangladesh 39
Belgium 4
Bolivia 36
Bosnia and Herzegovina 28
Bulgaria 8
Cambodia 57
Cameroon 62
Canada 3
Chile 10
Colombia 22
Croatia 4
Cyprus 19
Czech Republic 15
Denmark 1
DR Congo 46
Egypt 36
El Salvador 12
Estonia 6
Ethiopia 44
Finland 1
Georgia 4
Ghana 54
Greece 22
Hungary 12
India 54
Indonesia 36
Iraq 29
Israel 12
Italy 5
Jamaica 12
Japan 1
Jordan 37
Kazakhstan 34
Kenya 70
Kosovo 16
Kyrgyzstan 45
Latvia 19
Liberia 75
Libya 62
Lithuania 26
Macedonia 17
Madagascar 28
Malaysia 3
Maldives 3
Mexico 33
Moldova 29
Mongolia 45
Morocco 49
Mozambique 62
Nepal 31
New Zealand 3
Nigeria 44
Norway 3
Pakistan 34
Palestine 12
Papua New Guinea 27
Paraguay 25
Peru 20
Philippines 12
Portugal 3
Romania 17
Rwanda 13
Senegal 57
Serbia 26
Sierra Leone 84
Slovakia 21
Slovenia 6
Solomon Islands 34
South Africa 47
South Korea 3
South Sudan 39
Spain 2
Sri Lanka 19
Sudan 17
Switzerland 7
Taiwan 36
Tanzania 56
Thailand 18
Tunisia 18
Turkey 21
Uganda 61
UK 5
Ukraine 37
Uruguay 3
US 7
Vanuatu 13
Venezuela 27
Vietnam 30
Yemen 74
Zimbabwe 62

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