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AD6: Perceived corruption escalates, trust in institutions drops: A call for ordinary Ghanaians to get involved in the fight

Most Ghanaians perceive some or all of their government, law enforcement, and judiciary officials, as well as business executives and traditional and religious leaders, as corrupt, according to new Afrobarometer survey data. Over-time analysis reveals rising trends in the level of perceived corruption among public officials and informal leaders. Indeed, a majority of citizens believe corruption has increased over the past year.

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Batswana want president, officials to account and declare assets amid perceived escalating corruption

Batswana express support for a law on declaration of assets and want the president and officials to appear before Parliament to account, according to the findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey. The survey, conducted in June 2014, also reveals that just over half of Batswana say that the level of corruption has increased over the past year.

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Mauritians still trust their institutions but think corruption is strongly affecting them

Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption.

In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Commission against Corruption that it was their opinion that high level and small scale corruption had increased over the past three years and the same number believed that corruption could only worsen and a fourth (26.8%) did not expect a change.

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Basotho see increased corruption despite government efforts

Basotho perceive an increased level of corruption in the past year, with the highest levels of perceived corruption among the police and business executives, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results show that citizens are divided in their assessment of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption.

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Malawians’ trust in public institutions declines as perceptions of corruption increase

Afrobarometer conducted a public perception survey between 22 March and 5th April, 2014 which covered trust in public institutions and corruption among public officials. This press release is meant to highlight the key findings in those two areas as a way of informing public debate and policy.

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Tanzanians see increased corruption, ineffective fight against it

A majority of Tanzanians say that the level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

The police, tax officials, and judges and magistrates perceived as the most corrupt. Citizens’ rating of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption has improved slightly since 2012 but still remains mostly negative – and far more negative than a decade ago. Tanzanians
laud news media’s effectiveness and show considerable support for the role played by the media in exposing corruption.

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Extractive states tax-use opaque, official impunity high

Findings from the latest Afrobarometer survey of 34 African countries show a tension between the success of democratic institutions and the opacity of the tax system. The research also shows that a majority of survey participants perceive that officials who commit crimes rarely or never face consequences.

The findings will be published today (11 December, 2013) in the report "Mining, Oil States Open, But Official Impunity High: Few say they can tract tax revenue use."

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AD26: Mauritians trust their institutions but say corruption is growing

Mauritians trust their political institutions but are increasingly concerned about corruption, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

More than two-thirds (69%) of Mauritians say corruption increased “somewhat” or “a lot” over the year preceding the survey. This finding corroborates results of a survey commissioned in 2014 by the country’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), in which 60% of
Mauritians said that high-level and small-scale corruption had increased over the past three years and that they expected it to worsen.

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Zimbabweans feel corruption is on the increase but fear reporting over possible consequences

The latest Afrobarometer survey shows that a majority of adult Zimbabweans believe the level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year. Coupled with this is the public sentiment by a large majority that the Government is doing poorly in its fight against the corruption scourge.  Further, for a variety of reasons including fear of adverse consequences, incidents of corruption are underreported.

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AD25: Zimbabweans see corruption on the increase but fear consequences of reporting

Transparency International consistently ranks Zimbabwe among the most corrupt countries in the world (156th out of 175 countries in its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index). In the latest Afrobarometer survey, a majority of adult Zimbabweans say that the level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year. A majority believe that most or all members of the police force are involved in corrupt activities, and a substantial proportion of respondents say they paid bribes to procure identity documents or avoid problems with the police.

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