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Survey Finds Corruption Rife in Africa, Except Rwanda

People protest following the removal of  fuel subsidy by the Government in Lagos, Nigeria, January 2012. People protest following the removal of fuel subsidy by the Government in Lagos, Nigeria, January 2012.
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People protest following the removal of  fuel subsidy by the Government in Lagos, Nigeria, January 2012.
People protest following the removal of fuel subsidy by the Government in Lagos, Nigeria, January 2012.
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A new report finds corruption by public officials remains a major problem in countries across Africa - with one notable exception.

Berlin-based Transparency International surveyed perceived levels of corruption among people in 107 countries, including 24 in Africa.

In 11 African countries, more than half of those surveyed reported paying a bribe within the past year. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than three-quarters said they paid a bribe.

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.
Asked which institutions are most corrupt, Africans often singled out the police, the judiciary and political parties. In several countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe, more than 80 percent said police were affected by corruption.

The strong exception to these trends was Rwanda. According to researchers, 56 percent of Rwandans surveyed said corruption has greatly decreased in the last two years, and less than 15 percent reported paying a bribe. Several institutions - including parliament, the military, and political parties - were judged to be almost corruption-free.

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by: Ed Smith
July 10, 2013 9:55 PM
America has lots of corruption, but here it's legal ... it's called lobbying.


by: Rana from: Aurora
July 10, 2013 4:30 PM
it would be nice to know what Rwanda did/doing to move away from corruption... I am googling... any reference is greatly appreciated.

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by: Jim
July 10, 2013 9:43 PM
Maybe its that the population at large have decided to follow Jesus Christ and their behavior reflects this...do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not lie, love the LORD with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself....

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by: AJ
July 10, 2013 8:55 PM
It's a strong leader who is very very anti-corruption. Source: I lived there for two years (I'm from USA), and I talked with people about this.


by: Frank from: KIGALI
July 10, 2013 4:11 AM
Then Rwanda should be example for other countries still practicing corruption, corruption is always problem to to development,you can't develop with corruption!!!

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by: Rogerio from: Brazil
July 11, 2013 7:09 AM
I agree to you, Rwanda is example for many countries around of world. Specially for Brazil.
Cheers.


by: nick from: USA
July 09, 2013 1:18 PM
And there is no corruption in any of the other countries and continents? Really? Asia, USA, any major country the politicians are robbing the people blind again and again.


by: John Sterling from: USA
July 09, 2013 1:00 PM
Wooooooooooooooooow, go figure, corruption is rife in Africa, imagine that LOL... you didn't need to do a survey to know that...


by: john from: Martin
July 09, 2013 12:55 PM
the link in the story does not work.

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by: johnson
July 10, 2013 3:06 AM
The link is missing a colon. I believe the correct link should be http://www.transparency.org/gcb2013


by: Herman from: Florida
July 09, 2013 12:46 PM
We always look overseas to look at corruption and this is also rifle in the USA, Europe, Asia, South America and most countries, mostly government officials, as happen here in the old USA.

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by: John Sterling from: USA
July 09, 2013 1:44 PM
@ least in the " civilized world they pretend to be good ... in africa etc... they dont hide it .... it's in your face .....

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