facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Survey: Corruption worsens in Afghanistan

July 8, 2010 at 8:09 AM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 8 (UPI) -- Corruption has increased in Afghanistan with people paying twice as much in bribes in 2009 as they did in 2006, says an anti-corruption group's survey.

The findings by Integrity Watch Afghanistan showed corruption is rampant in all areas of life in the country. IWA said the survey, its second, is designed to increase transparency, integrity and accountability.

"The Afghan population as a whole paid twice as much in 2009 as it had paid in 2006. Bribery today represents a burden of $1 billion on the Afghan GDP," the group said in a news release on its Web site.

"One adult in seven experienced direct bribery in Afghanistan in 2009, while 28 percent of Afghan households paid a bribe to obtain at least one public service."

The group surveyed 6,500 respondents in 32 provinces at the end of last year, focusing on petty or administrative corruption, which affects the people the most, the report said.

IWA said corruption, among other things, threatens the legitimacy of state-building, feeds frustration and support for the insurgency, and impedes the rule of law.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
4
Mary Landrieu hit with residency, ethics complaints
5
Iran boasts of nuclear energy potential
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback