Corruption in Yemen

I’ve read that Arab countries have some of the worst rates of corruption in the world. And of course, Yemen is right up in there.

We were in the Tahreer area the other day and drove past a sign for SNACC – supreme national authority for the combatting of corruption…………..

 Bribes (aka baksheesh) are common here.  Case in point. The other a man from the electric company (an employee) was in our “complex.” He told our masul (like a superintendent) that the power was scheduled to be turned off for the building and that for a small fee, he could TRY to hold that order off.

Well, the masul said (my son was out there at the time) that he was just going to go give the electric company a call real quick to see what was going on….as soon as that came out of his mouth, the man took off. …….

 This type of thing  is common in many different sectors, unfortunately. 


A few studies/articles on the topic:

Corruption widespread in Yemen, says study:

” As many as 70 per cent of the respondents said government employees delayed paper work in order to get bribes.

Some 58 per cent said that the employees directly seek bribes, while 34 per cent of them said that the people themselves offered bribes to the employees.”

“Some 75 per cent of the respondents said low salary was the main reason and 62 per cent of them said lack of social obligation while 50 per cent of the respondents cited other reasons such as absence of law and complicated procedures. ”


“Yemen does not fare particularly well in global indices of corruption. In Transparency International’s 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index, the country ranked 131st overall out of 179 countries in the world and 14th out of 18 in the MENA region. However, in the course of last two years, Yemen has made significant progress in addressing this important problem and some of the root issues that contribute to it. The country has strengthened its control over corruption, regulatory quality, and the rule of law. It has taken important steps in terms of passing legislation likely to affect the problem of corruption, including the National Anti-Corruption Act 2006, Financial Disclosure Act 2007, the National Procurement Act 2007, and joining the EITI. Other relevant measures include the strengthening of Yemen’s external and internal audit functions and enhancing capacity in civil service administration. The implementation of this legislation is underway, and the progress so far is encouraging. “





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