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Have more laws, agencies and commitments against corruption made a difference? People’s perceptions of corruption in Tanzania

Citizens view corruption as very common or somewhat common in all Government service sectors, including the police (94% of citizens), politics (91%), health (82%),  tax (80%), land (79%), education (70%), local government (68%) and water (56%). NGOs are also perceived to be corrupt by more than 50% of citizens; the only sectors seen to be less corrupt are business and religious organisations.

These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled Have more laws, agencies and commitments against corruption made a difference? People’s perceptions of corruption in Tanzania. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative mobile phone survey that polls households across Mainland Tanzania.

Aside from perceptions of corruption, Twaweza researched when citizens are actually asked to pay bribes. Again the police emerge as key culprits: out of those that have recently interacted with the police, three out of five citizens (60%) report that they were asked for a bribe. Only two out of five (41%) report paying the bribe and an additional 2% paid bribes without being asked. The second most common form of corruption comes when people are looking for a job: one in three (34%) people were asked for unofficial payments when they last looked for work.

Read more: corruption Sauti za Wananchi

Authors: Angela Ambroz Elvish Mushi Youdi Schipper

Editors: Rakesh Rajani Risha Chande

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Organizations: Twaweza

Pages: 12

Type: Policy brief

Year: 2014

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