Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Government cannot cope with corruption?

The financial crisis has lead to a decline in trust in business and half of the world’s population thinks that the private sector is riddled with corruption, according to a report published by Transparency International.

Fifty-three percent of those polled by TI consider the private sector to be corrupt, a ten percent increase to 2004. The organization consider this to be a result of the global financial crisis.

“We only see a difference when residents actively support honest businesses,” adds head of the organization, Huguette Labelle.

Half of the 73,000 respondents worldwide claimed that they are ready and willing to pay a bit more for services (medical, public, utility, police and education) in order to rid the private sector of corruption. Poland, however, places amongst the bottom ten percent in this category, with less than thirty percent of the country’s respondents expressing a willingness to pay more money for less corruption.

The sector most affected by corruption worldwide is public service, especially amongst political parties. Thirty-one percent of Poles consider public and civil servants to be corrupt while 23 percent of respondents consider political parties to be riddled with corruption.

Only six percent of Poles admit to having offered a bribe in hopes for more expedient or better service.

In the European Union, the percentage of people who think that their governments are wholly ineffective at fighting corruption. Forty three percent of Poles claim the government is unable to curtail bribery and other forms of corruption.