U4 Brief | Basic service sectors

Reducing bribery for public services delivered to citizens

By Richard Rose
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2015:11) 4 p

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The literature on corruption tends to focus on grand corruption for contracts and licenses worth large sums of money. However, 1.6 billion people annually have to pay a petty bribe to get public services. In developing countries, such bribes reduce the effectiveness of donor aid intended to reduce poverty. Actions like replacing corrupt officials with computers, promoting more open government, and offering citizens a choice between institutions delivering a service can help reduce bribery in service delivery.

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