Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia most corrupt regions in the world-Transparency International
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London, Feb. 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has ranked the public sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, Easter Europe and Central Asia as the most corrupt regions in the world, with two countries hit by instability – Somalia and South Sudan – topping the list.
Releasing its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index, the German-based group says that the majority of countries in the world are making “little or no progress in ending corruption”.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories based on the perceptions of business sector and experts, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively,” Transparency International says.
“The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34),” it adds.
Despite being the worst performing region as a whole, the report noted that Africa has several countries that consistently push back against corruption, and with notable progress.
“In fact, some African countries score better than some countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Specifically, Botswana, Seychelles, Cabo Verde, Rwanda and Namibia all score better on the index compared to some OECD countries like Italy, Greece and Hungary. In addition, Botswana and Seychelles, which score 61 and 60 respectively, do better than Spain at 57.”
The report identified political leadership as key ingredient in the fight against corruption “The key ingredient that the top performing African countries have in common is political leadership that is consistently committed to anti-corruption. While the majority of countries already have anti-corruption laws and institutions in place, these leading countries go an extra step to ensure implementation.”