Have you ever paid a bribe to a government agency in order for them to get your work done or to get yourself out of a hassle? Or have you ever said ‘NO’ to a Bribe? The website I Paid a Bribe looks to promote transparency within the government and tackle corruption.
Via ipaidabribe.com, you can report (anonymously if you wish) any government official to whom you were requested to pay a bribe and lodge a complaint against that person. The website allows you to report bribes paid to government officials in India, Pakistan, Syria, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Greece, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Ukraine, Colombia and Guyana.
The website is a very unique initiative to tackle corruption, using collective action from citizens to track bribe payment activities. By making a complaint, an individual alerts I Paid a Bribe and its community to the occurrence with the team behind the website then reporting the incident to the appropriate authorities.
The site has been trying to find plausible alternatives to routine corruption to help ordinary citizens undertake activities such as applying for a birth certificate, driver’s license, death and marriage registration and passport without having to pay a bribe.
“It helped me get my colleagues to fall in line, and it helped me persuade my superiors that we needed to do this.” Mr. Bhaskar Rao, the transport commissioner for the state of Karnataka in his interview to The New York Times about IPaidBribe.
So far the data from the 26,725 reported cases in India points out that a total amount of ₹ 215.07 Cr has been paid as bribes in 19,578 cases, 2,408 have said ‘No’ and 827 have thankfully turned out to be honest officers.
Read reports on the webpage of people who have paid bribes and reasons that made them do it.