A Continuing Series: Perceptions of Corruption Before and After the Pandemic — Survey of SMEs in Bangladesh


Despite progress made over the last few decades by private sector organizations that have tackled corruption and adhered to strong compliance protocols, corruption remains a substantial problem in Bangladesh. While the effects of corruption on the public sector and the public sector’s responses have been well documented, a need remains for the collection of hard data to inform a cohesive private sector stance on corruption. Corruption has permeated the private sector’s interactions with both government agencies and the public.

CIPE has partnered with the Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) and Bangladeshi survey firm OrgQuest to develop a comprehensive survey on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) perceptions of corruption before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. The SME survey aims to diagnose the full extent of the problem of corruption in Bangladesh and offers actionable information to combat it more effectively. The survey examines the most common types of corruption experienced across the country, major impediments created by corruption, and ongoing anticorruption efforts.

This research was conducted in order to create the foundation for an action plan to move Bangladesh towards a more inclusive, accountable, and corruption-free system of governance. A companion survey on household perceptions of corruption was released in May.

Published Date: September 09, 2022