5 January 2012

Tomorrow the findings will be published of the biennial US National Business Ethics Survey of data collated last year. The question set used in that survey has been the basis for the New Zealand State Services integrity surveys carried out in 2007 and 2010. The trends evident in the United States between 2009 and 2011 will be interesting when compared with the New Zealand trends. There were few significant changes observed here in the frequency and nature of misconduct, either for good or for bad!

In Niger however things don’t seem to be getting any better. A commitment to attack fraud in government has burned out! The Ministry of Justice building in the capital, holding the offices and the records of fraud investigators, was set alight yesterday by unidentified arsonists! According to the media, numerous judges and senior officials were under investigation.

West Africa scores very poorly on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.

Niger in 134th place, was scored with 2.5 out of 10.

Nigeria at 143rd place, scored 2.4.

Ghana at 69th is the region’s “leader” with a score of 3.9

China scored 3.6.

( New Zealand, rated as having the least corrupt public sector, scored 9.5 )