Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (the Barometer) is the largest cross-country survey to collect the general public’s views on, and experiences of, corruption. In 2010 and 2011 the Barometer interviewed more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, making it the most comprehensive round since the survey was launched in 2003. The Barometer explores the general public’s views about corruption levels in their country as well as their governments’ efforts to fight corruption. The 2010/11 Barometer also probes the frequency of bribery, reasons for paying a bribe in the past year, and attitudes towards reporting incidents of corruption.
Public views on corruption are of critical importance. They offer significant insight into how corruption affects lives around the world. Transparency International believes it is critical to present the general public’s perspective on corruption – for it is they who suffer its direct and indirect consequences around the world. At the same time, Transparency International encourages members of the public to play an active role in stopping corruption and improving governance. To this end, for the first time this year’s edition of the Barometer probes public willingness to engage with the fight against corruption.