Assessing Challenges of Public Sector Leaders in Combating Corruption: A Case Study of Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority in Selected Branch Offices in Addis Ababa.

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Addis Ababa University


Corruption is a challenge to development. Scholars define corruption as abuse of public office for private benefit. Using this working definition, this study explores the main causes, the aggravating factors, work areas vulnerable to corruption and the means to combat corruption.Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority was taken as case study institution. Interviews were conducted with leaders and experts in the institution. From 2,905 population size in the selected four branches,one hundred fifty seven survey questionnaireswere administered to the staff of Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority by stratified sampling. The findings from this study confirm that corruption is increasing in extent and type (pity and grand corruptions). The perception of employee of the institution and the tax payers confirm the prevalence of corruption. Corruption has becomes a day to day tradition and considered as “normal”transaction, in terms of perception, including in ERCA office. From the findings of both primaryand secondary sources, there need to be enhancedholistic anti-corruption efforts and reforms, commitment of leaders and experts, building of strong institutions and corruption prevention and enforcement mechanisms at all levels. Creating an educating society starts from modeling students in ethics, inclusive development and coordinated approach in the staffs, leaders of the organization and the country at general Key Words: Challenges, consequences, corruption, perception, commitment, ethics, national integrity system, Ethiopian Revenue & Customs Authority, Federal Attorney General



Challenges, Consequences, Corruption, perception, Commitment, Ethics, National integrity system, Ethiopian Revenue & Customs authority, Federal attorney general