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Bribery far too common occurrence worldwide – TI

GLOBALLY, nearly six in ten people think their government is doing poorly in fighting corruption, a Transparency International
barometer has revealed.

The Global Barometer which has data up to November 2017 titled ‘People and Corruption: Citizens’ voices from around the world’ reveals that bribery is a far too common occurrence around the world with nearly one in every four public services users having to pay a bribe.

“We asked people how well or badly they thought their government was doing at fighting corruption in their country. Around the world, we found that nearly six in ten people thought that their government was doing poorly, while only three in ten thought that their government was doing well,” the report stated.

The report added that with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals requiring governments to reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms by 2030, the results from the survey can be used to show governments just how far they must go before these goals will be realized.

The TI report added that the Middle East and North Africa region had the highest percentage of citizens rating their government as doing a bad job at fighting corruption (68 per cent), followed by Sub Saharan Africa (63 per cent).

The TI report further added that in 76 of the surveyed places, a majority of citizens rated their government as doing poorly at addressing corruption risks, while in only eight places did a majority said that their government had done well.

“Despite many people having been affected by bribery around the world, the results still showed that large numbers of people are ready and willing to help in the fight against corruption. More than half the people around the world agreed that ordinary people could make a difference. Young people aged 24 and under are the most likely to feel empowered to make a difference,” stated TI.
“58 per cent of this age group compared with 50 per cent of those aged 55 and over, agreed that they could make a difference. Men and women both expressed that they were willing to get involved in anti-corruption (56 per cent men, 53 per cent women).”

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