This report presents views from people in seven small Pacific countries and territories on their perceptions and experiences of corruption. The seven countries and territory include Tuvalu, Niue, Palau, Cook Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tokelau (an island territory of New Zealand).

The report provides valuable insights into how citizens in the seven countries perceive and experience corruption and anti-corruption efforts. The first section provides a background on corruption and the responses to it across the region, focusing specifically on some of the key issues that face small island states and territories. A brief background is then provided of the countries in question and presents their respective survey findings. Responses are compared and any key themes that have emerged from the analysis are highlighted. Finally, a summary of the key findings and a set of recommendations are provided.

Editor’s note: Findings presented in this report are drawn from research undertaken in early 2021 as part of the first ever Global Corruption Barometer survey conducted in the Pacific covering 17 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The results from ten of the countries and territories have already been published by Transparency International in 2021. Owing to the difficulties of surveying smaller nations, the seven remaining countries are now analysed separately in the present report.


Grant Walton




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