Abstract

The Anti-Corruption Commission is established under the new Constitution of the Republic of Maldives in 2008, as an independent legal entity. It is mandated to investigate offences of corruption, conduct research, to promote the values of honesty and integrity in the operations of the State, to promote public awareness about the dangers of corruption and on the prevention and prohibition of corruption1.

To perform its mandate, ACC conducts different types of necessary research on corruption. This Corruption Perception Survey administered in Gn. Fuvahmulah during April 2016 is one of such efforts. Also, the survey is a progressive effort of the Commissions’ research direction to assess the public perception of corruption and to understand corruption related issues. The result of this survey is very important as the target population is one of the highly populated island communities in the Maldives and thus it highlights a representatively significant standing in the outcome of the survey.

The survey was conducted as part of the jubilant events to mark the National Anti-Corruption Day 2016 in Fuvahmulah. It was mainly aimed at determining participants’ awareness, education and perception of corruption and the work of the Commission.

Some notable findings of the survey highlights indicate that 54% of respondents knew what corruption is and 52% also understood what integrity means. In addition to this, 59% of the participants were of the view that ‘strengthening the religious beliefs in the community’ is the key to eliminate corruption from the Maldives. Also, a total of 81% of the respondents found telephone to be the most convenient way to lodge a complaint to ACC. It is evident that TV is the most accessible method to gain information about ACC which also includes watching ACC’s drama series ‘Bithufangi’. It is substantial to emphasize that a large majority believed that executive power, citizens and ACC can collaboratively play the most important role in eradicating corruption from the country.

ACC is committed to use the key findings of this survey as evidence to review and strengthen education and awareness strategies. Moreover, the resultant insights and opinions of the participants are inevitable reinforcements to enhance efficiency of corruption prevention measures and reflect towards a segmentation-focused expansion of activities.

1 Article 21, Anti-Corruption Commission’s Act (Number 13/2008)

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