Study finds corruption in Afghanistan totals $3.9 billion

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Jean-Luc Lemahieu

Despite fewer people paying bribes, corruption in Afghanistan has risen to nearly four billion dollars over the past three years.

That's according to a survey of 6,700 Afghans conducted by the High Office for Oversight and Corruption (HOO) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report finds that between 2009 and 2012, corruption had increased by 40 per cent to $3.9 billion, with 71 per cent of citizens accessing public services experiencing bribery.

UNODC regional representative Jean-Luc Lemahieu says the bribes Afghans paid last year are double the country's domestic revenue.

He says the survey findings will help in designing the correct strategy to remedy the situation.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 51″

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