The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) which was released today by Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany has outlined that majority of Fijians are willing to report or fight corruption.
The 8th GCB report by the Global coalition fighting against corruption (Transparency International) is the biggest ever; covering 114,000 people in 107 countries also interviewed 1000 Fijians on views and experiences of corruption over the last 12 months.
97% of Fijians interviewed said ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption. Similarly, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea also showed impressive statistics.
In addition, 99% of Fijians said they were willing to get involved in the fight against corruption, while 97% of people said they would report an incident of corruption.
“The GCB data has revealed some very interesting trends in the Pacific. People in Pacific Islands are the most likely in the world to fight corruption,” said Head of Pacific Regional Work Glen Raynor.
The key findings of the study are:
- Bribery is widespread. (Overall, more than one in four people (27 per cent) report having paid a bribe in the last months when interacting with key public institutions and services.
- Public institutions entrusted to protect people suffer the worst levels of bribery.
- Governments are not thought to be doing enough to hold corrupt to account.
- The democratic pillars of societies are viewed as the most corrupt.
- Personal connections are seen as corrupting the public administration.
- Powerful groups rather than public goods are judged to be driving government actions.
- People state they are ready to change this status-quo.
The study recommends that:
- Make integrity and trust the founding principle of public institutions and services. (Government must operate with transparency and open up their books and activities to public scrutiny; codes of conduct should be developed and adhered to by all public servants etc)
- Bring back the rule of law. (Government should priorities anti-corruption reforms in the police, based on a thorough analysis underlying problems).
- Hold the corrupt to account.
- Clean-up democratic process. (Government should pas and implement laws on making party financing transparent, including requirements for political parties, political candidates and their donors to publicly disclose donations; Parliaments should adopt comprehensive codes of conduct for members, including guidance’s on conflict of interest situations and rules for discourse of assets, interest and income.
- Give people the tools and protections to fight against corruption. (Government should pass and implement whistleblower laws. These laws should include appropriate follow up mechanisms to allow people to report wrongdoing in the public and private sectors and protect whistleblowers from retribution.
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