Transparency International have published their Global Corruption Barometer 2005. Based on a Gallup International survey conducted for International Anti-Corruption Day 2005, it reveals widespread concern about corruption around the globe.
Close to 55,000 people in 69 countries were polled as part of the Gallup International Voice of the People 2005 survey, between May and October 2005 to assess their views on corruption.
Asked to indicate the degree of change over the past three years, the overall view of citizens in 48 countries out of 69 is that corruption has increased. In six countries, citizens’ views overall are that corruption declined over that period: Colombia, Georgia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Kenya and Singapore.
In 13 countries – Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Israel, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines and Venezuela – more than 50 percent of those responding feel that corruption increased a lot. Africans and Latin Americans are the most negative about the past.
Looking to prospects for the next three years, the picture is somewhat more upbeat. In 12 countries, respondents overall expect corruption to decline, with Indonesians being the most optimistic (63% expecting corruption to decrease a lot).
From a regional perspective, Africa stands out as a region of relative optimism.
Hat tip: Pablo Halkyard at Private Sector Development Blog