The 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index was recently released by Transparency International and it seems that many countries are not making much progress.
According to the survey, corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide, with 86% of countries making little to no progress in the last 10 years.
“Human rights are not simply a nice-to-have in the fight against corruption," said Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International, in a statement. "Authoritarian approaches destroy independent checks and balances and make anti-corruption efforts dependent on the whims of an elite. Ensuring people can speak freely and work collectively to hold power to account is the only sustainable route to a corruption-free society.”
The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
The CPI global average remains unchanged at 43 for the tenth year in a row, and two-thirds of countries score below 50.