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Transparency International Report 2013

Visualization of perceptions of corruption by institution. More about the report and the report itself here. Key findings below:


Bribery is widespread


Overall, more than one in four people (27 per cent) report having paid a bribe in the last 12 months when interacting with key public institutions and services.


Public institutions entrusted to protect people suffer the worst levels of bribery


Among the eight services evaluated, the police and the judiciary are seen as the two most briberyprone. An estimated 31 per cent of people who came into contact with the police report having paid a bribe. For those interacting with the judiciary, the share is 24 per cent.


Governments are not thought to be doing enough to hold the corrupt to account


The majority of people around the world believe that their government is ineffective at fighting corruption and corruption in their country is getting worse.


The democratic pillars of societies are viewed as the most corrupt


Around the world, political parties, the driving force of democracies, are perceived to be the most corrupt institution.


Personal connections are seen as corrupting the public administration


People surveyed regard corruption in their country as more than just paying bribes: almost two out of three people believe that personal contacts and relationships help to get things done in the public sector in their country.


Powerful groups rather than the public good are judged to be driving government actions


More than one in two people (54 per cent) think their government is largely or entirely run by groups acting in their own interests rather than for the benefit of the citizens.


People state they are ready to change this status-quo


Nearly 9 in 10 surveyed say they would act against corruption. The majority of people said that they would be willing to speak up and report an incident of corruption. Two-thirds of those asked to pay a bribe say they refused.