Transparency International Corruption on the rise as Ghana places second

The corruption perception index indicated that about 71 percent people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last twelve months.

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The latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index report indicates that corruption in Ghana is on the increase.

The corruption perception index indicated that about 71 percent people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last twelve months.

The survey, which was conducted by the Afrobarometer, found that while many Africans view corruption as being on the rise in their own country, and believe their government is not doing well in tackling the issue, there are a small number of countries that are seen to be quite effective in addressing public sector graft.

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The survey asked people how they thought corruption in their country had changed over the past year – whether it had increased, decreased or stayed the same – so that we could identify the corruption trend across the continent. Across the region the survey found that the majority of citizens believe that corruption is on the rise.

Over half of the people (58 per cent) say that they think corruption has increased either somewhat or a great deal over the past year in their own country, while just under a quarter (22 per cent) think that it has decreased, and just 14 per cent think that it has stayed the same.

When comparing the results of the different countries that were surveyed, people living in South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria were the most likely to say that they think corruption has risen in the 12 months prior to when the survey was conducted.

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In these countries, three-quarters or more of respondents said corruption has increased either somewhat or a lot. The three countries which had the smallest proportion of citizens saying corruption has risen were Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire and Mali – less than one-third of respondents answered that corruption has increased in the past 12 months.

Looking at the results from across the region, the police are seen as the most corrupt group across the region, which is consistent with previous editions of the GCB.

Almost half of respondents (47 per cent) say that they thought either most or all police officers are corrupt. The police are followed by business executives, which are seen as the second most corrupt group (42 per cent say most or all business executives are corrupt).

Government and tax officials rank as the third and fourth most corrupt groups (38 per cent and 37 per cent respectively).

Judges and magistrates, members of parliament, local government councillors and the office of the presidency all score similarly, with around a third of people saying they are affected by high levels of corruption (between 31 and 34 per cent).

Traditional leaders and religious leaders are seen to be the least affected by corruption in the region, although 21 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, say that most or all of these leaders are corrupt.

Read the full report : Corruption on the rise as Ghana places second

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