I paid a bribe

January 13, 2011

An innovative online service has recently been launched called I paid a bride.

In this service you can report if you:

  • Unwillingly paid a bribe,
  • Got a demand for a bribe but resisted or
  • Discovered improvements when it comes to corruption.

The aim is to use the collected data to learn the nature and patterns of bribes as a step towards fighting the corruption.

(Source: Sabina Panth blog post in blogs.worldbank.org)


Fighting corruption with e-Government

July 1, 2010

A very interesting study called E-government as an anti-corruption strategy showed that establishing e-Government reduces corruption. This should not be a surprise to anyone working with e-Government since it commonly believed that introduction of e-government diminishes the contact between corrupt officials and citizens, as well as increases the transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, hard evidence for these claims have been lacking (United Nations Development Programme, Fighting Corruption with e-Government Applications – APDIP e-NOTE 8, 2006).

The study is innovative as it uses a statistical approach to examine trends between e-Government and anti-corruption. Most other papers presenting quantitative data in the area do not use a statistical approach, which makes it more challenging to trust the results.

However, in this publication the author inspected, in a sound statistical way, the changes in corruption, using the control of corruption index presented by the World Bank, versus the changes in e-Government, using data from a Global e-Government Survey.

Unfortunately, for the OECD countries the author was not able to find any clear trends. This could be explained by less corruption in the OECD countries (compared to non-OECD countries), which means that the OECD countries had less to win, when it comens to anti-corruption, by introducing e-Government. Note that this is not evidence for absent of reduced corruption because of e-Government in OECD countries, just that the trends are not clearly visible in the data.

However, for the non-OECD countries, there are clear trends in the examined data. The results strongly imply that the introduction of e-Government has led to a significant reduction of corruption. Thus, supporting the view that e-Government is a very useful for reducing corruption – on a global scale.

United Nations Global E-Government Survey 2010

April 15, 2010

UN E-government 2010 reportThe United Nations Global E-government Survey 2010 is now available. This fifth UN E-government survey focuses on e-government at a time of financial and economic crises.

The first part of the report is a discussion on ways e-government can mitigate the effects of the financial crises on development. It sees e-government in the light of the following United Nations priorities:

  1. Stimulus funds, transparency and public trust. By October 2009 the financial stimulus packages summed up to about one third of the gross world income. At the same time, the trust in banks decreased.
  2. Roles of e-government in financial regulation and monitoring. Government deploy ICT as a response to the financial crises which has the potential to improve the policy making process.
  3. E-service delivery and how it relates to the millennium development goals including how e-government poverty eradication, education, gender-inclusive approach to service delivery.

The second part is the results from the global survey. As previously, this includes the e-government ranking of the United Nations member states, regions and comparisons to the previous survey. Additionally, the second part includes the e-participation ranking and a (superficial) methodology section.

Please see the official page for more details.

2009 Transparency International Global Corruption Index

November 19, 2009

Transparency International has annually since 1996 released a global corruption index aim at representing the level of public-sector corruption. The results from the 2009 Global Corruption Index has recently been released.

New Zealand, Denmark, and Singepore received the highest score (least corrupt), while Somalia, Afghanistan, and Myanmar have most improvement potential.

Good scores reflect political stability, long-established conflict of interest regulations and solid, functioning public institutions. Furthermore, the results  show that countries which are perceived to have the highest levels of public-sector corruption are also those plagued by long-standing conflicts, which have torn apart their governance infrastructure. (What is new in the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index)

The corruption index is calculated based on results from survey questions posed to business leaders around the world (Transparency International Frequently Asked Questions)