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Liberia is World’s Most Corrupt Country: 2010 TI Report Grades Liberia

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Transparency International, (IT): 
 A German based organization which focuses on tracking the practice of corruption in countries around the world, Transparency International, (IT) has issued its Global Corruption Barameter report for 2010 on December 9th and grades Liberia as world’s most corrupt country with 89%, followed by Uganda and Cambodia with 86% and 84% respectively. The 2010 Global Corruption Barometer is the seventh of its kind since it begin publication in 2003.
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 the Barometer interviewed more than 91,500 people in 86 countries, making it the most comprehensive edition since it was launched in 2003. The Barometer explores the general public’s views about corruption levels in their country and their government’s efforts to fight corruption. The 2010 Barometer also probes the frequency of bribery, reasons for paying a bribe in the past year, and attitudes towards reporting incidents of corruption.
 The Barometer complements the views of country analysts and businesspeople represented in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index1 and Bribe Payers Index2, gathering the general public’s perceptions about how key institutions are affected by corruption. The 2010 Barometer also explores whom people trust the most to fight corruption in their countries.  The questions in the Barometer vary from year to year. As a result, time comparisons are limited to questions that have been included in two or more editions. A general approach to comparisons over time for the 2010 Barometer is to compare this year’s findings with those earliest available for that question. In all cases, the years compared are indicated in the table or graphic accompanying the analysis of changes over time. 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 the public to play an active role in stopping corruption and improving governance.
To this end, this year’s edition of the Barometer probes for the first time public willingness to engage with the fight against corruption. Now in its seventh edition, the Barometer offers a unique opportunity to explore how people’s perceptions of corruption and encounters with bribery have changed over time in a number of countries. For the first time, the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer asked the general public whom they trust the most to stop corruption in their countries. Results show that, insofar as any one institution is trusted, the most trusted actor is the media. Almost as many people trust their governments most of all to curb corruption. However, a full quarter of those asked report that they do not trust any institution in this regard. Around one in every 10 respondents would put their greatest trust in the private sector, in non-governmental organisations17 or in international institutions (eg. UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund) respectively.  

Sub-Saharan Africa 


Country:                                  Percent:

Liberia……………………………………. 89%

Uganda…………………………………….. 86%

Sierra Leone ………………………………..71%

Nigeria ……………………………………….63%

Senegal ……………………………………….56%

Cameroon …………………………………..54%


Ghana…………………………………….. 37%

 Transparency International carried conducted its  2010 Global  Corruption Barometer studies through RMS-Africa firm  which interviewed 750 Liberians covering the urban areas which represent the population of 856,516 and cover the June 21-June 26 2010. The methodology used was face to face. The sectors of the Liberian society covered in the studies included where in society corruption is prevalent and experienced change in corruption pattern. The areas sectors are:

Political Parties: ……………. 2.9%

Legislature …………………… 3.9%

Police …………………………. 4.1%

Business/Private Sector….. 3.2%

Media………………………….. 2.4%

Public Officials/C. servant. 3.6%

Judiciary ………………………. 3.7%

NGOs………………………….. 2.5%

Religious Body…………….. 1.9%

Military……………………….. 2.3%

Education ……………………. 3.8%

A 2% of any of the above denotes the severity of corruption and no change in attitude while beyond 2% underscores how extreme corruption has become. Norway and Great Britain are the world’s least corrupt countries with a 1% followed by Switzerland and Portugal with 2% and 3% respectively. For Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana is the least corrupt country with 37% followed Zambia and Kenya with 42% and 45% corruption index respectively. According to Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer of 2010, 80% of Sub-Saharan Africa are willing to engage to fight corruption while 50%  say government  is corrupt but 45% trust the government to fight corruption.





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  1. Liberians must take the lead in saving this land of ours. Corruption threatens our democracy and may reverse every gain made over the past few years.

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  2. Well, what can we do? We must accept and bow in shame for no amount of polemics can save our face from the damning image we have all along built for ourselves. No amount of genius political argument can cleanse us of the miasmic mud we have bespattered ourselves with. No there is none. How can there be any such person when there is ample evidence of deprivation and extreme poverty and hunger pervasive among majority of Liberians? When there is lack of medical facilities to cater for our sick people in the rural areas? When there are limited or no educational opportunities for our desiring students and when those in existence are decrepit and cannot provide quality education for the huge illiterate population? When teachers, police and other civil servants are literal beggars and base slaves to bribery? No, the report is not a lie!

    We can’t continue pretending that there are no problems when our development funds continue to get swallowed up into personal accounts and private greed. Let us cease creating the impression that a rocket scientist is needed to identify the clear and present problems that are plaguing our lives and condemning majority of citizens in the dungeon of destitution. Corruption is with us and I don’t know of any suave barrister who can successfully argue against the fact. I don’t know of any clever devil’s advocate who can look in the faces of the desperate citizens and prove that such citizens are not feeling the harsh pinch of corruption and are enjoying all amenities from their common patrimony. Such advocate might get burned by the collective anger of the citizens.

    Is the report a lie when many of our villages are cut off from the rest of the country and many of us who desire going there are trapped in overcrowded Monrovia? Is the report a misrepresentation when the justice system is engulfed with monstrous corruption and the poor cannot get justice easily? Is the report a lie when even the state cannot easily win a corruption case because of the venality of judges and jurors? Is the report a lie when public corporations and state-owned enterprises are sinking in corruption with citizens been deprived of the services they pay for? No, the report is not a lie!

    I believe the report came to shame us and make us conscious of our civic and patriotic responsibility to our country. I believe the report came as a show love rather than of hate. Let us accept it with humility and adopt a spirit of patriotism and responsible citizenship. We have got much work to do than clamoring over a report whose truthfulness resounds throughout the country through many suffering lives. Let us gratefully accept it and go to work to redeem our image.


  3. The HEADLINE is so misleading, far from the truth of the report. What kind of journalism is this? I think it is always good to check the source of a story before commenting.


  4. The report should be considered in good fate and the government must seize this opportunity to act more aggressively in the fight against this evil called curruption.


  5. The report from Tran sparency international must be embrace by the gov’t and Liberian the world over,on grounds that these kinds of report would help to strengthen our our resolved and unwavering spirit to fight the menace called Corruption.It is an open secret that the issue of corruption is systemic and societal and as such it requires a collective involvement which must be equated with robust legal instruments in guiding the process.


  6. The level of illiteracy in Liberia has contributed immensely to the misperception of corruption. More besides, your sample of 752 persons out of a population of 3.5 million is very narrow. Your conclusion is a vague amplification. You’ve really destroyed any little credibility you’ve had.


  7. Let me first say a very big thank you to the IT Family. This report is correct and needs the best and urgent attention if the International Community wants her tax payers money they are sending through grants to rehabilitate war ravaged Liberia meets it goal.
    The government lacks the political will to fight or minimize corruption and need external assistance.


  8. hope our people can c this and do better


  9. First, the result is barely surprising when one looks at the methodology of the survey as stated: Transparency International conducted its 2010 Global Corruption Barometer studies through RMS-Africa firm which interviewed 750 Liberians covering the urban areas which represent the population of 856,516 and covered the June 21-June 26 2010. The methodology used was face to face.

    Well, most Liberians if asked today what are the most pressing problems facing the country would name “government official corruption” as being at or near the top of the list. It is perceived that corruption in government is all encompassing. As such, petty bribes and small tips are only a general way of survival and not considered corruption by a facet of the population. However, it is a well known fact that Liberia has historically had a corruption problem and like most of Africa, it has been due in part to bad governance and weak institutions. There is also the culture of impunity in a society where culprits over the years have been allowed to get by legally unscathed by mounting allegations.

    The only question I have with the findings of this study is in its methodology. I believe that deriving a corruption rating for a country only based on the perception and opinion of a small sample of citizens who maybe well jaded by recent hype in media accounts of corruption or the lack thereof, is highly subjective. Besides, each country’s societal perception of corruption varies. For instance, in a study that was conducted in Brazil some years ago, certain practices which would’ve been considered as a bribe elsewhere, was considered as regular form of doing business. I would like to know if the study employed a weighted average of such qualitative variables based on the responses they got from the 750 participants.


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