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Asia - 2020

Asia

From bribes to the use of personal connections, from vote-buying to sextortion, corruption takes many forms in Asia.

In our latest Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Asia, citizens are well aware of the corruption across the region: 74 per cent of the 20,000 survey participants believe that government corruption is a big problem in their country, and 1 out of 5 people who used public services in the previous 12 months paid a bribe.

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NEARLY 1 IN 5 PEOPLE WHO USED A PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS PAID A BRIBE

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THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO 836 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE REGION

As one of the largest surveys on corruption and bribery in the region, for the first time the GCB Asia sheds a light on vote-buying around elections, sextortion or the abuse of power to obtain a sexual benefit or advantage, and the use of personal connections in accessing public services such as health care or education.

The region was brutally but unequally hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, and some countries are still suffering from these crises.

Despite the economic and political pressure, the threats to freedom of expression and the fear of retaliation, an overwhelming majority of people believe that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption. This offers a glimmer of hope and a powerful tool in the hands of reform-minded governments, businesses and civil society.

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62% THINK ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

Methodology and Full Data Set

With close to 20,000 participants in 17 countries across Asia, this Global Corruption Barometer - Asia presents the largest, most detailed set of public opinion data on people’s views and experiences of corruption and bribery in the region.

Disclaimer: The Global Corruption Barometer - Asia report and associated website pages, online content, infographics and videos, is one of the largest surveys on corruption and bribery in 17 countries and territories throughout the Asia region. For stylistic or space reasons, in some places the report only refers to 'countries' instead of 'countries and territories'.