Transparency International, the nongovernmental organization based in Germany, defines corruption as the misuse of public power for private benefit. The organization’s most recent version of its Corruption Perceptions Index also states that the failure to significantly control corruption is fueling a global crisis in democracy.
Colombia is perceived to be the most corrupt country in the world, according to U.S. News’ 2020 Best Countries rankings, a characterization of 73 countries based on a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens.
In the survey, respondents answered how closely they related each of the countries to the term “corrupt,” the exact meaning of which was left to their own interpretation. The attribute is factored into the Best Countries rankings for transparency, as well as the best countries to invest in and headquarter a corporation.
Colombia, which sees an estimated $14 billion a year in corruption-related costs, experienced a wave of anti-government protests starting at the end of November. A new set of strikes could ensue after protest leaders meet with government officials later this month.
While the country is known for its decades of political scandals, voters recently elected Claudia López, a member of Colombia’s green party and a prominent activist, as the mayor of Bogota. López is the first woman and openly gay individual to become mayor of Colombia’s capital city.
Mexico, known for its deadly drug cartels, follows Colombia as the No. 2 most corrupt country in the 2020 ranking. Ghana, Myanmar, Guatemala, Saudia Arabia, Brazil, Kenya and Bolivia also made the top 10. Bolivia’s interim government announced in January that it will investigate nearly 600 former officials who worked under Evo Morales, who resigned from his presidency in November.
Russia, which has been accused of election meddling and Olympic doping, joins the top 10 list this year after placing No. 12 in 2019.
Below are the 10 countries perceived to be the most corrupt, and more country-related rankings can be found here.
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Corruption: Ghana Not Ranked 3rd In 2019 — Transparency Int’l
Ghana chapter of Transparency International (TI) has said recent reports that the 2019 edition of the Corruption Perception Index ranks Ghana as 3rd globally, is false.
“Though the story which was sourced from www.usnews.com mentioned Transparency International (TI) for its definition of corruption and some key statements from the 2018 theme, it did not attribute the rankings to TI,” a statement from the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) said in a release issued on Friday.
GII, which represents the Germany-based TI, also revealed in the press release that the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2019 will be released on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Compilers of the index, Transparency International, is a non-governmental organisation based in Germany, and it defines corruption as the misuse of public power for private benefit.
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
In the 2018 ranking, more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with an average score of just 43 and also reveals that many countries are failing to significantly control corruption, a situation TI said was contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.
Ghana’s score in the 2018 ranking improved by one point from its 2017 score of 40.
“This score is a positive departure from the continuous drop the country has been experiencing since the year 2015,” a release by the GII stated.
Read GII full statement on the false reports below.