TI- Z to conduct Youth and Corruption survey

Transparency International Zimbabwe, in collaboration with the organisation's regional chapters, will be conducting a Youth and Corruption baseline survey aimed at establishing the extent and impact of corruption on young people.

The survey, which is being done in four other countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia and Liberia) seeks to understand the social, political and economic impact of corruption on youths in the country and is set to be completed in September 2014.

The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index by TI- Z ranked Zimbabwe the most corrupt country in Southern Africa, also coming 163 out of 176 surveyed worldwide.

The survey, which ranks countries depending on the extent of corruption in the public sector, revealed that the country’s corruption record is worsening.

Speaking at a consultative workshop attended by representatives of youth organisations and the media in Harare on Thurrsday, TI- Z board member, Thoko Thabethe, said the study was influenced by lack of aggregated data on the impact of corruption on youths not only in Zimbabwe but regionally.

She said current statistics on Zimbabwe’s rankings on the corruption index showed that various interventions that have been adopted to curb public graft were not working.

“The country’s rankings on the global corruption index are a cause for concern,” she said. “If Zimbabwe is set to come up with effective interventions, then a survey to establish the impact and extent of corruption on youths is the starting point.”

Thabethe said corruption was so rife in Zimbabwe that women were bribing officials through sex.

The survey will be conducted in six provinces in Zimbabwe and it will be conducted in urban, rural and semi urban constituencies.

It will be conducted among youths aged between 18 – 35 years. TI- Z is a non profit organisation whose vision is a corrupt free Zimbabwean society anchored on transparency, accountability and integrity.

The organisation promotes good governance through research based advocacy, public education, policy advice and monitoring.

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