The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Is corruption a major problem in your daily life?

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Is corruption a major problem in your daily life?

Most Afghans report corruption as a major problem in numerous arenas, ranging from 53% in their neighborhood to 76% in Afghanistan as a whole. Importantly, all long-term measures for both perception and exposure to corruption have risen sharply since the survey began. The perception of corruption as a major problem in daily life rose sharply from 2013 (56%) to 2014 (62%). Afghans in the South East and East regions are most likely to say that corruption is a problem (either major or minor) in their daily life.

When asked how often they had paid a bribe, given a gift, or performed a favor for a list of different authorities and situations, 58% of Afghans in 2014 say they encountered corruption in their interaction with at least one authority or in at least one situation in the past year. Over half (55%) of Afghans who had contact with the judiciary or courts in the past year say they had to pay a bribe, exchange a gift, or perform a favor. The same percentage (55%) experienced corruption in their interaction with municipal or district authorities. Afghans’ experiences with corruption adversely affect their perception of and confidence in various governing institutions.

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

Q: In the past year, how often have you had to give cash/gifts/favors when dealing with government officials?

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