Perception of corruption within government increases during pandemic

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According to a study on ethics and corruption within the Brazilian federal government — released today by the World Bank — six out of 10 public servants in the Executive branch have witnessed anti-ethical or corrupt acts during their careers. Over half of the 22,130 people interviewed said that the occurrence of such improper conduct has increased or remained the same during the pandemic.

The survey also analyzed corruption perceptions during the Jair Bolsonaro government, with one-third of interviewees stating they had witnessed at least one anti-ethical act between 2018 and 2020.

The World Bank concluded that the results show “high levels of insecurity” felt by federal public servants, which could be mitigated by integrity and anti-corruption training programs.

“Having access to integrity programs is linked to a lower feeling of insecurity, making them important tools to create an anti-corruption culture,” reads the report.