Behavioural Analysis of Bribery in Sierra Leone 2016

There is an urgent need to tackle bribery and corruption in Sierra Leone. Levels of bribery and corruption in the country are almost twice as high as Africa regional averages and two thirds of Sierra Leoneans feel that they are unable to challenge bribery and that levels are rising.[1] Studies indicate that it is the poorest who are most likely to pay a bribe and they are also more likely to go without services when they do not have the resources to pay.[2]

The Behavioural Analysis was compiled as part of the ‘Pay No Bribe’ (PNB) programme of support to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone, funded by UKAID. The overall objective of the PNB programme is to enable the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to design, manage and implement a system for real-time reporting of corruption by the users of services. The system targets the points of service delivery that are routinely prone to bribery and where demands for bribes impact heavily on the poorest and most vulnerable, including the growing numbers of urban poor. These are:

  • Health: User fees for basic services under the Free Healthcare Initiative
  • Education: User fees in primary education
  • Water: Connection fees
  • Electricity: Connection fees
  • Police: Carrying out of police duties

The Behavioural Analysis is informed by global and Sierra Leone-specific studies of corruption and by information arising from the PNB programme itself. It was compiled to help understanding about how bribery and corruption affect the behaviour and lives of Sierra Leoneans, and to help identify possible entry points for tackling small scale corruption.

Read the full Report here: Behavioural analysis of Bribery in Sierra Leone

[1] ‘People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015’ Transparency International (TI) and Afrobarometer

[2] ‘People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015’ Transparency International (TI) and Afrobarometer