Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Burkina Faso score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI.
There is little mutual trust between the military and the public, though some confidence has been regained in the defence sector following the failed, September 16, 2016, coup of the PSR (1), (2), (3). Besides, the lack of willingness of the government to provide the public with access to its sensitive information (4), and its multiple cover-ups of some officials (United States Department of State), do not facilitate the establishment of an environment of public trust in the ability of the military to tackle the defence sector corruption (5).
1. Abdoul Karim Saidou, “Burkina Faso: Où est la Reforme de l’Armée deux ans après l’insurrection?,” Lefasonet, Janurary, 17, 2017. http://lefaso.net/spip.php?article75180.
2. Boureima Ouedraogo, “L’Armée et l’exercice du pouvoir au Burkina Faso: En seignment de l’insurrection populaire du 30-31 octobre 2014,” Notes Internationales CIDOB, 2015.
3. Naila Salihu, “Burkina Faso: An unforseen crisis?,” ACCORD: Conflict Trends, October 23, 2015, http://www.accord.org.za/conflict-trends/burkina-faso/.
4. “Burkina Faso adopts two anti-corruption laws,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2015, accessed May 31, 2018, https://www.unodc.org/westandcentralafrica/en/new-2015-burkina-faso-anti-corruption-laws.html.
5. “Burkina Faso 2017 Human Rights Report,” Bureau of Democracy, United States Department of State, 2017, https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/277217.pdf.
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