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Africa: The Billions That Got Away

This document mainly discusses the effect of Illicit Financial Flows and the effect it has on African Countries. In the Foreword on page 2 : Tendai Murasa speaks about Africa losing approximately US$50 billion annually through Illicit Financial F...

Do Trustworthy Institutions Matter for Development? Corruption, Trust and Government Performance in Africa

"This Afrobarometer dispatch explores whether African citizens think that political institutions – ranging from the state presidency to local government councils – are worthy of their trust and whether public trust matters for development outcome...

In South Africa, Citizen's Trust in President, Political Institutions Drops Sharply

"In assessing the health of democracies, it is impossible to ignore the concept of citizen trust in public institutions. Trust is a cornerstone of democratic legitimacy, triggering citizens’ willingness to contribute to a strong and robust democra...

Job Performance of MPs, Local Councillors: Are Representatives Serving Voters or Themselves?

"Members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are elected to represent their constituents. In a functioning democracy, these office-holders are expected to represent the public interest and to be accountable to those who elected th...

Does Personal Experience of Bribery Explain Protest Participation in Africa?

"This paper examines the effect of direct experience with bribery on collective action using survey data on reactions of citizens to a hypothetical situation of corruption as the first dependent variable and participation in protests as the second...

Citizens and the State in Africa: New Results from Afrobarometer Round 3

"This compendium reports on the findings from new questions and topic areas explored in Round 3 of the Afrobarometer, involving public attitude surveys conducted in 18 countries from 2005-2006. The bulk of these new questions build upon the theme ...

South Africans have Lost Confidence in Zuma, Believe he Ignores Parliament and the Law

"Analysis of new public opinion data clearly indicates that South Africans have lost confidence in President Zuma and are dissatisfied with his performance. Negative evaluations of the president are higher among urban residents and minority race g...

Zimbabweans Support Taxation but Perceive Tax Officials as Corrupt, Demand Accountability

"This analysis shows that a majority of Zimbabweans regard the payment of taxes as an obligation of a “good citizen.” Similarly, they affirm the right of tax authorities to collect taxes, although they also express high levels of tolerance for non...

Illicit Financial Flows and Stolen Assets Value Recovery

"Value recovery of stolen assets is both an enforcement of anti-money laundering laws and a potent weapon against corruption. When obtainable, it represents society’s credible commitment to ensure that “crimes do not pay.” We explore these linkage...

Capital Flight and Institutional Frameworks to Promote Transparency

"The paper has three main objectives. First it identifies the kind of institutional frameworks at the global, regional and country level which have evolved to address the issues of illicit financial flows. Second, it analyzes the factors that hav...

A Follow-up Report on the Community Work Programme in Bokfontein

In this community, people worked in various projects such as road maintenance, gardening, home-based care, afterschool care, cutting grass, installing pipes for water, and working on the park. All these projects were also found to be effective in...

South Africans Demand Government Accountability Amid Perceptions of Growing Corruption

A report by South Africa’s Public Protector has triggered the latest scandal involving President Jacob Zuma and other state officials, who are accused of improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of state contracts. The latest investigation f...

Are Africans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes or User Fees for Better Health Care?

"In many parts of Africa, access to and quality of medical services remain poor. While economic growth in recent decades has fostered improved health care on the continent, weak funding, brain drain of trained professionals, and ongoing battles ...

The Roots of Corruption: The Ghanaian Enquiry Revisited

Due to its deleterious and corrosive consequences on politics, governance, security and socio-economic development, corruption has engaged the attention of the international community, politicians and citizens. Several strategies including reform...

Tax Compliance: Africans Affirm Civic Duty but Lack Trust in Tax Department

In any economy, balancing expenditures, revenues, and debts is a delicate and often politicized task. Competing interests and priorities buffet those tasked with planning a viable and stable national budget. For any state, taxes raised from indi...

Bridging the Gap between Commitment and Capacity

This paper set out to evaluate the extent to which the APRM has emphasised corruption, transparency and accountability to date by analysing the relative frequency of word clusters related to these concepts in the 16 Country Review Reports that are...

Efficacy for Fighting Corruption: Evidence from 36 African Countries

Corruption is a major obstacle to economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. The practice of demanding or expecting monetary or other benefits in exchange for preferential treatment has plagued the global South, and high-profile r...

Mauritians Still Trust their Institutions but Think Corruption is Strongly Affecting Them

"Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption. In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Com...

Amid Perceived Escalating Corruption, Batswana Demand Officials Account and Declare Assets

"Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of democracy and good governance. They are the centrepiece of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative that was launched in 2011 by eight countries and has since grown to 65 countries. The Open ...

Namibians See Increased Corruption; Business Executives Now Top List of 'Most Corrupt'

"Corruption has yet to gain prominence as a public policy issue in Namibia. Most respondents to the 2014 Afrobarometer survey in Namibia do not rank corruption among the top priorities that the government needs to address. Other surveys rank Namib...

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