Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Ghana 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.
With particular reference to the defence and security sectors, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) finds that the military is perceived as the most accountable public institution by 17.6 per cent of the respondents (1). It is considered to be the institution which is the most open in its operation, transparent about its financial accounts and meritocratic. This is also confirmed by Afrobarometer, which finds that 51 per cent of respondents put a high degree of trust in the Ghana Armed Forces (2), (3), (4), (5).
1. “Survey on Public Perception on the State of Corruption, Public Accountability and Environmental Governance in Ghana,” National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), 2017, accessed June 23, 2018. http://nccegh.org/site/media/researchreport/PUBLIC%20ACCOUNTABILITY%20&%20ENVIRONMENTAL%20GOVERNANCE%20.pdf.
2. Interview with Interviewee 1, April 2, 2018.
3. Interview with Interviewee 2, February 26, 2018.
4. Interview with Interviewee 3, March 29, 2018.
5. “Findings from the Afrobarometer Round 7 survey in Ghana,” Afrobarometer, 2017, Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), accessed June 23, 2018, http://afrobarometer.org/sites/default/files/gha_r7_presentation_2811017.pdf.
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