The Chair of Transparency International, Huguette Labelle said, "The fall-out of the financial crises continues to affect people's opinions of corruption, particular in North America and Western Europe. Institutions everywhere must be resolute in their efforts to restore good governance and trust”.
“In the past 12 months one in four people reported paying a bribe to one of nine institutions and services, from health to education to tax authorities. The police are cited as being the most frequent recipient of bribes, according to those surveyed. About 30 per cent of those who had contact with the police reported having paid a bribe.”
However, the most worrying fact is “bribes to the police have almost doubled since 2006, and more people report paying bribes to the judiciary and for registry and permit services than five years ago.”
Perhaps one of the sad revelations is the lack of trust and faith in government and politicians: “Eight out of ten say political parties are corrupt or extremely corrupt, while half the people questioned say their government's action to stop corruption is ineffective.”
However, there’s some good news and that is people are ready to act, “Public engagement in the fight against corruption will force those in authority to act - and will give people further courage to speak out and stand up for a cleaner, more transparent world."