Between 2010 and 2011, more than 8000 people were interviewed in eight East African countries – Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – on their views of corruption levels in their countries and the effectiveness of their governments’ efforts to fight corruption. This report examines the frequency of reports of bribery in different sectors and institutions, and the reasons respondents gave as to why they paid bribes during the last year. It also investigates public willingness to engage in the fight against corruption.
The report focuses on bribery and corruption as experienced by the public in their everyday lives. It does not therefore assess some of the other forms of corruption, for example policy capture and embezzlement and political nepotism, which also may be prevalent in these countries.