Transparency International

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Is there any paper or study that documents effective methods to counter petty corruption?


Petty bribery refers to small bribes paid by citizens to public officials to speed up bureaucratic processes or access public services they are entitled to. Although it typically involves small amounts of money, petty corruption has a far-reaching impact on citizens and companies and a corrosive long-term effect on sustainable economic growth, the overall governance environment, the government’s ability to collect taxes and the rule of law. Successful approaches to tackle petty corruption involve using a combination of measures aimed at reducing red tape, enforcing effective sanctions, reforming the public sector, and promoting detection and reporting through the use of new technologies. To be successful, such approaches need to be supported by a strong political will.


  1. Not so petty: the impact of petty bribery
  2. Approaches to counter petty bribery
  3. References


Marie Chêne




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