corruption-in-china

China emulates India’s iPaidaBribe.com to fight Corruption


Sometime back I had written about this brilliant initiative by Jaanagraha called i Paid a Bribe.com. You can read it here: Uncover the Market Price of Corruption. Here is a brief Intro about them from their own page.

IPaidABribe.com is an initiative to tackle corruption by tapping into the collective energy of citizens, to tackle corruption. It primarily operates as a website, which is a citizen driven mechanism for tracking bribe payment activity, as also instances of when people resisted bribe payments or did not have to pay bribes because of good government systems or good people within the government systems. Citizens’ reports on the nature, number, pattern, types, locations and frequency of actual corrupt acts and values of bribes will add up to a valuable knowledge bank that will contribute to a reduction in bribe payments.

iPaidaBribe.com has been very successful in India. A case in point is Banglore’s Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao who has used their database to rid his department of corruption.  And now, Chinese are taking a cue from this experiment and have started their own versions of iPaidaBribe.com. The Chinese sites are available here Wo Xinghui leWo Xinghui laWo huilu le.

I have traveled and explored China for a  while and from my personal experience, China is a lot more corrupt than India. The difference in both the scenarios is that in India we have come to accept corruption as part of our day to day life but we do insist on ranting on how bad the situation is (even when we are making it worse) while in China the public doesn’t really have the kind of pressure valves to dissipate their anger like we do in India. So, either they do a once in a decade Tienanmen Square kind of protest to show their anger or they keep mum and bear with it. But it is bound to come out sooner or later and the Communist Party dreads the very thought of any unrest. And I won’t be surprised if they shut down these sites any time now.

UPDATE: It looks like the sites are already facing pressure from the state : Link

NOTE: China is better ranked than India in Transparency International’s ratings. I personally don’t agree with them but there is an important thing to note here, The rankings are based on ‘perception’ of the scale of corruption, and as we all know there can be a significant difference between perception and reality. :)

Do you think that the Chinese state will let these kind of initiative’s survive? Is it going to curb Corruption? And in India, have you ever used iPaidaBribe.com? 

  • http://ecoquirks.wordpress.com/ Ruhi Sonal

    I had never heard of the website before. It is a good initiative, but I can bet its not going to change anything about China. Dissent isn’t tolerated there like it is in India.
    The initiative in India is definitely a positive step, but am not too hopeful of its reach/impact. People who use the internet are limited to a particular section of society. Corruption, particularly bribery percolates to the levels of mukhiya/sarpanch in villages, who charge bribes for signing/stamping documents from BPL card holders. What is the need of the hour is awareness at the grassroots about such unjustified demands, as most ppl dont even know that the money they are being asked for is illegal, and is a “bribe”.