Corruption at a standstill says Transparency International

Transparency International’s (TI’s) annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide.

Corruption is often most acutely felt in developing countries according to TI but it warns that too often it is forgotten that corruption is an international problem which is systematically exacerbated by external actors through bribery in international trade and investment.

No significant progress

Despite commitments on paper, 131 countries have made no significant progress against corruption over the last decade, and this year 27 countries are at a historic low in their CPI score.

Overall, the CPI shows that control of corruption has stagnated or worsened in 86 per cent of countries over the last decade.

Corruption controls

The 2021 CPI results show that countries with well-protected civil and political liberties generally control corruption better.

The fundamental freedoms of association and expression according to TI are crucial in the fight for a world free of corruption.

Country rankings

This year, the top countries are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, each with a score of 88. Norway (85), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Switzerland (84), the Netherlands (82) Luxembourg (81) and Germany (80) complete the top ten.

South Sudan (11), Syria (13) and Somalia (13) remain at the bottom of the index.

Countries experiencing armed conflict or authoritarianism tend to earn the lowest scores, including Venezuela (14), Afghanistan (16), North Korea (16), Yemen (16), Equatorial Guinea (17), Libya (17) and Turkmenistan (19).

Data and analysis of the 2021 CPI results as well as previous years’ results since 1995 can be accessed from here.


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