The Top 5 Public Institutions where Bribes Have Been Paid by Citizens

  Public Service Percentage of Bribes Paid
1 Police 31%
2 Judiciary 24%
3 Civil Registry 21%
4 Land 21%
5 Medical 17%
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  1. Overall more than one in four people reported paying a bribe in the last 12 months when interacting with key public institutions and services. Among 8 services evaluated the police and judiciary are seen as the two most bribery prone. An estimated 31% of people worldwide have paid a bribe when interacting with police and 24% of people report the same when interacting with the judiciary. (a).
  2. Around the world, political parties, the driving force behind modern democracies, are perceived to be the most corrupt. As well, the majority of the people surveyed believe that their government is ineffective at fighting corruption and that corruption in their country is in fact, getting worse. (a).
  3. Bribery rates were highest among police (more than 75%) in the following countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leon, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, and Nigeria. (a).
  4. Around the world 28% of men reported that they have paid a bribe compared with 25% of women. Columbia is the exception where 16% of men have reported paying a bribe as compared with 27% for women. (a).
  5. According to the Transparency International report, bribery not only costs the person paying the bribe: it also undermines the efficient and effective allocation of resources, people's respect for the rule of law and the overall integrity of a country and it's people. (a).
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. Transparency International. (2013). "The Global Corruption Barometer 2013". Retrieved July 9th, 2013.
Tags: People, Government, Crime & Punishment Statistics

Sources:  Transparency International: The Global Corruption Barometer 2013.

List Notes: Data is percentage of people from an average of 95 countries who have paid a bribe in any form to each public service or institution. Data is for the year 2013.
Public Institutions where Bribes Have Been Paid by Citizens

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