Every Fourth Bosnian Pays a Bribe

Every fourth Bosnian has paid a bribe to the civil servants to solve an issue or receive a favor  in the past 12 months, according to Transparency International’s (TI) Global Corruption Barometer for 2010.

According to the report, BiH citizen find the political parties to be the most corrupt, following with the Parliament, civil servants, educational institutions, police and judiciary. The least corrupt are thought to be the army, non-governmental organizations, religious communities and media.

The results of a survey conducted on a representative sample of 1,000 BiH respondents showed that 59 percent thought that the level of corruption has increased in the past three years, 30 percent that it stayed the same, while 16 percent thought that the corruption was on decline.

More than two third of the respondents (71 percent) answered that the authorities are not successful in fighting corruption.

The corruption survey in BiH is a part of a global survey that TI conducts in 86 countries on 91,500 respondents.

The global survey shows that the poorer the citizens are, they are more ready to give bribes—compared to the rich—to meet the basic needs such as education.

Also, the young are more prone to bribing than the old. One third of all the respondents younger than 30 admitted to giving a bribe while only every fifth respondent over the age of 51 admitted to doing the same in the past 12 months.

The survey showed that the rate of bribing the police has doubled in the past four years, while bribing the judiciary has also been on the rise.

The report said that just a small percentage of citizens trust their governments. Eight out ten respondents said that political parties were corrupt and extremely corrupt; as many as half of the respondents think that the authorities are not effective in the fight against the corruption.