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Corruption Worldwide on the Rise but Citizens Ready to Fight Back, GCB2013 Finds

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More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the Global Corruption Barometer 2013, the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption released by Transparency International on July 9, 2013, but survey participants also firmly believe they can make a difference and have the will to take action against graft.

The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 is a survey of 114,000 people in 107 countries and it shows corruption is widespread. 27 per cent of respondents have paid a bribe when accessing public services and institutions in the last 12 months, revealing no improvement from previous surveys.

Still, nearly 9 out of 10 people surveyed said they would act against corruption and two-thirds of those who were asked to pay a bribe had refused, suggesting that governments, civil society and the business sector need to do more to engage people in thwarting corruption.

“Bribe paying levels remain very high worldwide, but people believe they have the power to stop corruption and the number of those willing to combat the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery is significant, “ said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International.

In the region of Western Balkans, there are some interesting findings. For example, asked if they thought corruption in their country increased, decreased or stayed the same over the past two years, 66% of the respondents in Albania believe that it has increased, 24% believe it has stayed the same, and only 10 percent believe it has decreased over the past year. On the other hand, 75% of the polled citizens agreed that they could make a difference in the fight against corruption.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 65% of the citizens believe corruption has increased, compared to 8 percent who believe it decreased, while 27% said it stayed the same. 59 percent of the polled citizens agreed they can make a difference.

In Croatia, 51% of the polled said corruption has stayed the same, 28% said it decreased and 21% said it increased. On the other hand, less than a half (46%) agreed they can make a difference.

In Macedonia, 41% believe the corruption increased, 30% said it decreased, and 29% believe it is at the same level as two years ago. Two thirds (61%) agreed that they can make the difference.

In Kosovo, 65% of the citizens said corruption increased, 26% said in stayed the same, and just 9 percent believe it decreased. On the other hand, four out of five citizens (79%) said that they believe they can make the difference in the fight against corruption.

In Serbia, we have the highest percentage of respondents who said that corruption decreased (55%), another 37% believe it stayed the same, and just 8 percent saw an increase in levels of corruption. Only 34%, the lowest percentage in the region, believe they personally can make a difference.

Montenegro was not covered by the Global Corruption Barometer 2013.

Visit the website dedicated to the Global Corruption Barometer 2013 to find additional country findings of the GCB2013, read the full report and find other information about the public perception of corruption in the world. (Source: Transparency International)

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