The scourge of corruption impacts citizens in numerous ways. In better trying to
understand how corruption impacts citizens, Transparency International Sri Lanka
(TISL), with the support of the Asia Foundation, commissioned the Social Scientists Association (SSA) to develop a tool for understanding vulnerability to corruption.
The approach that the SSA has taken in looking at Social, Cultural and Economic
Capital and the way in which these can be used to assess vulnerability and corruption in accessing local government services, provides a unique perspective.
The study importantly highlights that Social, Cultural and Economic Capital impacts access to local government authority services, but not in a uniform manner.
The study further recognises ethnicity and geographical location as factors that can play a role in determining vulnerability. Similarly, the lack of knowledge of local government services can be a significant preliminary barrier to access the very same services.