Transparency International Ireland response to queries on Global Corruption Barometer 2013
The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) is a survey that attempts to collect data on the public's experiences and perceptions of corruption, with an emphasis on bribery. It is one of a number of measurement tools published by Transparency International (TI) which include the Corruption Perceptions Index (which measures business and expert perceptions of the comparative level of corruption in countries) and the Bribe Payers Index (which measures perceptions of the likelihood of companies from different countries to pay bribes).
It is conducted on behalf of Transparency International on a biennial basis by Gallup and local research agencies. The decision on whether the public in any one country is based on the resources available to ensure even coverage across the globe. This year, funding was only available to conduct the survey in 107 countries and Ireland was one of 86 countries not included. Ireland is likely to be included in future surveys (as it was in 2011, 2007 and 2005).
In the meantime, TI Ireland is continuing to operate Ireland's only free-phone helpline for the public and workers that witness wrongdoing (more information is available at www.speakup.ie). The purpose of the helpline is to support whistleblowers and witnesses in reporting concerns or resolving cases of whistleblower retaliation, and to use anonymised data to identify ‘red-flags’ and underlying trends. The first report from the helpline should be published next year.
More information on our work is available at www.transparency.ie. TI Ireland's financial statements are published at http://transparency.ie/content/governance (2012’s financial statements will be published in September). TI Ireland has one full-time member of staff (as of July 2013).