One in four people in Africa have to pay bribes to access services, Corruption Barometer shows

The new Global Corruption Barometer – Africa 2019, released on African Anti-Corruption Day by Transparency International and Afrobarometer, reveals that more than one in four people who accessed public services during the previous year had to pay a bribe.

A majority of citizens surveyed in 35 African countries think that corruption is getting worse and that their government is doing a poor job of fighting it, the report indicates.

The 10th edition of the GCB–Africa, based mainly on Afrobarometer’s Round 7 surveys, is the largest and most detailed survey of citizens’ views on bribery and other forms of corruption in Africa. The report, available here, is the eighth in Afrobarometer’s Pan-Africa Profiles series on its most recent survey findings.

The report also highlights that corruption disproportionately affects the poorest citizens, who have to pay bribes twice as often as the richest to access public services such as health care and police assistance. Young people pay more bribes than their elders.