- More than two-thirds (68%) of Sudanese say the level of corruption in the country increased “somewhat” or “a lot” during the year preceding the survey (Figure 1).
- An overwhelming majority (82%) of citizens say the government is doing a “fairly bad” or “very bad” job of fighting corruption (Figure 2).
- About six in 10 Sudanese (61%) say people risk retaliation or other negative consequences if they report corruption to the authorities (Figure 3)
- Among respondents who had contact with key public services during the year preceding the survey, substantial proportions say they had to pay bribes to avoid problems with the police (51%) or to obtain police assistance (42%), identity documents (31%), medical care (19%), or public school services (16%) (Figure 4).
Most Sudanese say the level of corruption in the country has increased and the government is doing a poor job of fighting it, a new Afrobarometer analysis shows.
The findings show that among Sudanese who had contact with selected public services during the preceding year, substantial proportions say they had to pay a bribe to obtain the services they needed. The most frequent experiences of bribe paying involved the police, either to avoid a problem or to obtain assistance.
And only a small minority believe that people can report corruption to the authorities without fear of retaliation.
The findings come at a time when the Transparency International 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Sudan as one of the world’s worst-performing countries (164th out of 180 countries) when it comes to public sector corruption.