Tanzanians believe war on corruption is making progress, but fear retaliation if they report incidents

Corruption

Most Tanzanians say corruption has decreased over the past year, a sharp reversal of public perceptions just three years ago, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey.

Popular perceptions of corruption in key public institutions have declined across the board, and the proportion of Tanzanians who approve of the way the government is handling the war on corruption has almost doubled since in 2014.

These survey findings suggest that the government’s intensified anti-corruption efforts are paying off. Still, many government agencies are still widely perceived as corrupt; only half of Tanzanians believe that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption; and a majority say people are afraid of retaliation if they report bribery incidents to the authorities. For more details, see Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 178.