Denmark emerged as the least corrupt nation worldwide on Transparency International’s Global Index 2015. This measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. Overall, two-thirds of the countries on the 2015 index scored below 50. So here is our view on The Most and Least Corrupted Countries in the World.
In the MENA region, Qatar has jumped from the 26th spot of last year’s whilst the UAE moved up as well from the 25th position. Among the other GCC countries, Saudi Arabia was ranked 48th, Bahrain followed at 50, Kuwait was ranked 55 and Oman was placed 60. In the Maghreb countries, Tunis came on top at the 76th followed by Algeria, Egypt and Morocco all at the 88th position with Libya at the 161st.
Globally, Denmark topped the list of 168 countries on the index for another year, while Somalia and North Korea were ranked the most corrupt nations.
The Chairman of Transparency International José Ugaz said: “Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough.” . . . [ms-protect-content]
“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption.”
Transparency International produced lately this report and we reproduce it here for its great interest for the MENA region.
MORE THAN 6 BILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN COUNTRIES WITH A SERIOUS CORRUPTION PROBLEM
by AM Ahad
This nine-year-old girl is one of them.
She lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh – one of 114 countries that scores below 50 out of 100 in our 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, indicating serious levels of public sector corruption.
Instead of going to school, she spends her days sorting bottles at a recycling factory. Officially child labour is illegal in Bangladesh. Unofficially a bribe paid to the right official can mean exceptions are made.
Like all exploitation, child labour remains a sad reality in environments where citizens are trapped in poverty and corrupt officials can be paid off.
It’s just one example of the devastation fuelled by corruption. Others include human trafficking, child mortality, poor education standards, environmental destruction and terrorism.
Put simply – public sector corruption is about so much more than missing money. It’s about people’s lives. And as the map below shows, it’s a global problem.
Based on expert opinion, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide.
Dark red indicates a highly corrupt public sector. Lighter red and orange countries fare a bit better, but corruption among public institutions and employees is still common. Yellow countries are perceived as cleaner, but not perfect.
The scale of the issue is huge. Sixty-eight per cent of countries worldwide have a serious corruption problem. Half of the G20 are among them.
Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free.
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