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2010 Global Corruption Barometer

December 10, 2010

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If you haven’t see it yet, Transparency International, a highly credible NGO, released its 2010 Global Corruption Barometer this week. While less than perfect, it is one of the best tools we have.

To highlight some findings from Africa:

-While a quick look at the data suggests that most respondents around the world thought political parties were the most corrupt of the nine institutions they were asked about (Political parties, Parliament/Legislature, Police, Private Sector, Media, Public officials/Civil servants, Judiciary, NGOs, Religious bodies, Military, Education system), of the ten countries surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa, all reported the police as the most corrupt, including Nigeria.

-73% of respondents reported a perceived increase in the level of corruption in Nigeria.

-Further, 63% of Nigerian respondents reported paying a bribe  to "receive attention from at least one of nine different service providers in the past 12 months."

-Interestingly, 46% of Nigerian respondents believed that the Nigerian government’s fight against corruption is effective (compared to the 40% reporting ineffective and the 14% who said neither).

Next has a short summary as well. You can read it here.

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