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People and Corruption: Africa survey 2015

Posted by Ben Wheatland at Jan 13, 2016 11:07 AM |
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In December 2015, Transparency International published the latest African edition of the Global Corruption Barometer. The findings estimate that nearly 75 million people paid a bribe in the past year, that the majority of Africans perceive corruption to be on the rise, and that many Africans believe their governments are not doing a good job at tackling corruption.

The Global Corruption Barometer seeks to put citizens’ views at the forefront of the corruption debate. The survey asked people how they thought corruption had changed in their country over the past year. Partner organisation Afrobarometer conducted the survey, speaking to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015, and asking about experiences of corruption in their country.

Key findings

The report highlights seven findings that show clearly how large an issue corruption is for the people of the African continent. The findings are:

  1. Corruption is seen to be on the rise
  2. Most governments are failing to meet citizens’ expectations in regard to fighting corruption
  3. The police and private sector are perceived as most corrupt
  4. Bribery affects more than one in five Africans, disproportionally affecting the urban poor
  5. Police and the courts are the institutions that have the highest levels of bribe paying
  6. Many people feel unable to contribute to helping fight corruption
  7. Despite the negative outlook, there are some countries in which corruption is declining


The report has a number of recommendations that aim at fixing the issues that the report highlights. A selection of these are:

  1. Governments must finally deliver on their anti-corruption commitments made globally (UNCAC) and regionally (the African Union Convention on Combating Corruption).
  2. Governments must end impunity in their countries by effectively investigating and prosecuting corruption cases, strengthening legislation relating to anti-money laundering, and ending the secrecy surrounding the beneficial owners of companies.
  3. Governments must create safe and effective conditions for the involvement of civil society in anti-corruption efforts.

You can read the full report, and see the full set of results, here.

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