Transparency International Current Affairs - 2020

Corruption Perception Index 2018

The Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index make the following observations:

  • Denmark is the world least corrupt country scoring 88 out of 100 points. Denmark is followed by New Zealand and Finland.
  • Somalia has been ranked last with a score of 10 behind South Sudan and Syria.
  • More than two-thirds of evaluated countries scored below 50 points, while the average score remained at last year’s level of only 43 points.
  • Estonia, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Guyana demonstrated most improvements since 2012.
  • The 2018 rankings showed an increase in the perceived corruption in Australia, Chile and Malta.
  • For the first time since the United States dropped out of the top 20 and it was ranked at 22nd rank.
  • Along with Brazil, US was placed in the watch list by Transparency International.

Top and Bottom Countries

Region Wise Performance

The report highlights a connection between healthy democracies and successfully fighting corruption in the public sector and notes that corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak.

India ranks 81st in Corruption Perception Index 2017

India was ranked 81st among 180 countries in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 released by NGO Transparency International. India has dropped by two ranks from 79th slot in CPI 2016. It scored 40 on the scale

CPI ranks countries on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) based on their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector. The index is compiled by using data of World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions,

Key Highlights of CPI 2017

New Zealand and Denmark were ranked as cleanest countries in 2017 CPI list as in 2016, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were ranked as most corrupt countries with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively. Countries with poorest protection for press and (NGOs were placed at the lowest ranks on the index.

CPI characterised India as among worst regional offenders in Asia Pacific region on grounds of journalists, activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies being threatened or even murdered. India was clubbed with Philippines and Maldives. Pakistan with score of 32 and China with 41 were perceived more corrupt than India.

Among BRICS, Russia is most corrupt than other three counties with a score of 29. South Africa ranked at 71st, after it dropped by seven places compared to CPI 2016.