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    Bribery & Corruption Worsening Worldwide, Survey Shows

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    July 10, 2013 12:09 AM
    Corruption and bribery are perceived to be getting worse in many countries, and trust in governments is falling worldwide, according to a survey by the group Transparency International. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the non-profit's latest corruption survey.
    Henry Ridgwell
    Corruption and bribery are perceived to be getting worse in many countries, and trust in governments is falling worldwide, according to a survey by the group Transparency International.

    The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 paints a bleak picture. One in every four people paid a bribe in the last 12 months when accessing public institutions and services, according to Transparency International's report.

    Robert Barrington is Executive Director.

    “In terms of bribe paying, there are a couple of countries where three in four people say they have had to pay bribes in the past year. That’s Sierra Leone and Liberia," said Barrington.

    Globally, political parties are seen to be the most corrupt institution. Map via the 2013 Transparency International report.Globally, political parties are seen to be the most corrupt institution. Map via the 2013 Transparency International report.
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    Globally, political parties are seen to be the most corrupt institution. Map via the 2013 Transparency International report.
    Globally, political parties are seen to be the most corrupt institution. Map via the 2013 Transparency International report.
    Transparency International interviewed 114,000 people in 107 countries and found that more than half believe corruption and bribery has worsened in the last two years.

    Again, Robert Barrington:

    “Ultimately our target has to be policymakers because leadership from the top is critical in this. And when you look at the countries that have improved, perhaps Georgia and Rwanda compared to past surveys, it’s generally been politically-driven governments that want to do something about corruption that’s made the change," he said.

    All too often a leader's drive to tackle corruption fades, says Bertrand de Speville who heads an anticorruption consulting firm that has advised more than 50 governments.

    “It suddenly dawns on him that that might affect colleagues, friends, political allies, family, maybe even himself. And time and again I’ve seen the light of that political will die while you’re talking to him," said de Speville.

    In India in 2011, social activist Anna Hazare gained worldwide fame after leading a hunger strike against corruption.

    “I want the poor to get justice. I want the money back that we have lost to corruption," said Hazare.

    Hundreds of supporters joined him in the hunger strike, and the government agreed to introduce anti-corruption legislation. But the so-called Lokpal Bill has yet to be passed.
     
    De Speville says the poor suffer the most - and bribery must be tackled on every level.

    “You only have to think of the fields of security or public health to realize the truth of that. One small bribe can have disastrous consequences," he said.

    But, says de Speville, advice on tackling corruption by institutions such as the World Bank have had little effect.
     
    “Given the amount of resources that have been devoted to the problem, in my view, it is little short of scandalous. I don’t believe it is that difficult. And indeed, places like Hong Kong and Singapore have demonstrated that it’s not that difficult," he said.

    Transparency International says those surveyed appeared eager to take on corruption themselves - with more than half of respondents saying they would be willing to report an incident of bribery.

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    by: Michael Busby from: Texas
    July 09, 2013 9:18 PM
    Having traveled the world numerous times the past 35 years, the one country where bribery was a main fixture of any government office was India. As a foreigner, you cannot do anything in India without paying a bribe. It was worse in India than anywhere in Africa or South America. I wish the USA would stop foreign aid because the money only goes into the pockets of the ruling class. As a taxpayer, I am outraged our government still, even in tough economic times, feels it must bribe foreign leaders. I wonder how much of the foreign aid is kicked back to our USA leaders?
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    by: Mehtasaab from: Washington, DC
    July 10, 2013 9:17 AM
    Corruption and bribery is a world wide problem. India is a worst. I agree with some of viewers. 99% of every foreign aid or loan will go to politician's swiss bank accounts. That is why I have been requesting to all I ndian to vote for BJP and elect Mr. Narendra Modi.
    He is not corrupted, but he is a business man. No one ever talk about bribary case of Sonia's son-in-law.
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    by: Karina from: Hyderabad
    July 10, 2013 8:16 AM
    Unfortunately true. We have to be the most corrupt country on the planet. Worse -- its not considered an illness; instead its a "feature" of our "civilization" and people are very proud of how much they can earn "on the side". Its also a very callous country -- people will let you die, if you are unable to pay the bribe they demand. Police wont take reports, hospital administrators wont admit patients etc.

    Not a very nice country, and the people cannot really be considered modern humans. Archaic brutish people perhaps..
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    by: LV from: India
    July 10, 2013 12:59 AM
    Yes, rightly said with a small correction - Not just foreigners, Indians ourselves cannot do anything in our very own country without paying a bribe!! All the money that flows in, whether in the form of US aid, World Bank loans, etc just goes into the corrupts account and never reaches the audience targeted. Send one Dollar to a needy person, one Cent reaches that person!! Such a pathetic country this is!!

    by: zflynn from: USA
    July 09, 2013 8:57 PM
    Of course corruption is up. The world is run by corporations and in order to survive politically you must be beholden to enormous wealthy interests or else, at best, become an inconsequential insignificant sideshow. It's called Corporate Cronyism , which leads to Oligarchies and that always has led to either bloody revolution (Mao and Stalin the two most stellar outcomes of that) or fascism (Hitler and Co., another nightmare).
    Of course if we had educated masses who thought for themselves we could finally form an advanced civilization, but, alas, it looks like Witch Trials of some sort are the future. :^(
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    by: zflynn from: USA
    July 10, 2013 5:33 PM
    Lots of bitterness coming from Turkey which is understandable. After all it has the worst of all worlds, corruption on all levels, religious based laws and legislation with all horrors plus the lack of freedom inherent with that and leaders who are a reflection of the lowest common denominator: mean, petty, corrupt and vengeful, often over fictitious or paranoia perceived slights. Clearly not a place to visit let alone think of living. It's like the bulk of places in the world, unlivable third world of the uneducated, unenlightened and constantly exploited working class.

    By comparison America is a dream. True enough; but for those who are educated and living in a country of relative freedom we can not only complain about all the wrongs in our country, it is essential. America isn't completely lost as so many other places are, where you know full well every leader will be as horrible as, or worse than, the last. But that's also because we haven't fully plunged into Oligarchy. If that takes place America will eventually be no different than third world places like Turkey with a vast, impoverished, uneducated lower class and an enormously wealthy and privileged select few who lord over them. Ignorance and lack of discussion are guaranteed to lead a country into the worst scenarios. I'll complain about the Corporate Crony crooks, the worst kind of corruption, (which the article is about if you have the ability to process information) no matter how much more awful so many other places are by comparison.
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    by: mrrgl from: Turkey
    July 10, 2013 2:36 AM
    Judging from your off-track corporation bashing message, you haven't actually lived in countries that are genuinely affected by corruption. When you've lived in a country where an imbecile can become a full tenured professor at the "best" university simply based on being somebody's drinking buddy... or where you cannot get a promotion in a government job without being of the correct religious leaning... or where a state oil refinery has four times as many employees as it needs, all of whom are related to one another in some way... this is the way much if not most of the world actually functions and when you've lived in it, you'll run back the corporate crony west with your tail between your legs.
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