Thursday, 9 December 2010

The world is getting more corrupt

So says a recent survey taken by Transparency International (not the company that makes acetates). Apparently one in four people have paid a bribe in the last year, and here's what they paid for:

Why pay a bribe?

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 67%of bribes were to avoid trouble with the authorities
  • In the Arab world and Latin America most bribes were paid to speed things up
  • In Asia-Pacific, 35% of people bribed to get a service they were entitled to
  • In North America and the EU, most bribe payers say they could not remember why they had paid
Read the article on the BBC here.

So any suggestions on how to reverse this trend? I assume that most people's first response will be to place the blame squarely on "the authorities" who are behind all corruption in the world, thereby avoiding the idea that all humans are naturally selfish creatures.

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