This brief examines the extent of corruption perceived by residents of six councils in Tanzania; identifying the sectors worst affected. It also presents recommendations on measures to address local corruption based upon the opinions and experiences of citizens. Corruption is perceived by citizens to be a major problem in Tanzania. Anti-corruption policies and action plans, however, must be followed by concrete measures to address the problem. This implies that public officials and councillors involved in corrupt practices should be prosecuted. If no action is taken against the culprits, the anti-corruption polices and action plans will be undermined and soon loose their credibility among citizens. A clear conclusion from the surveys reported in this brief is that citizens demand tougher actions against corrupt officials.

 

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance

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