75 Million People Pay Bribes – Report

Majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, click cost bribery and secret deals, online according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International.

Transparency International is the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.

According to a report from Transparency International, nearly 75 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year; some to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need.

In the report, “People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer”, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country.

The majority (58 percent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months.

In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption.

People reported business executives as highly corrupt.

According to the report, business ranked as having the second highest levels of corruption in the region, just below the police.


Many Africans, particularly the poor, are burdened by corruption when trying to get access to key basic services in their country.

22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months paid a bribe, according to Transparency International.

“Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation,” said Transparency International Chair José Ugaz.

He called on governments and judges to stop corruption, eradicate impunity and implement Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to curb corruption

It is increasingly clear that citizens are a key part of any anti-corruption initiative. However, the survey finds that corruption reporting mechanisms are often seen as too dangerous, ineffective or unclear.

The report shows that more than 1 out of 3 Africans think that a whistle blower faces negative consequences for reporting corruption, which is why most people don’t report.

Transparency International has in this regard recommended that government strengthen and enforce legislation on corrupt business people and anti-money laundering to curb the high volume of illicit flows from the continent.

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