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Afghanistan’s ranking improves in world corruption survey

Afghanistan’s ranking improves in world corruption survey

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Jan 29, 2019 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon has improved its ranking from 177th to 172nd in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 released on Tuesday.

The survey showed more than two-thirds of countries scoring below 50, on its scale where 100 is very clean and zero is very corrupt.

In 2017, Afghanistan was ranked 177th in the list and the country managed to come down to 172nd place in a year, scoring 16 marks

According to the Transparency International report, Somalia remained the worldinfo-icon’s most corrupt country with a score of 10, followed by Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan and Libya.

Australia remained among the world’s top 20 cleanest countries in the annual corruption survey in which Denmark and New Zealand come out on top and the US has been knocked out of the pack. Australia scored the same score as last year, 77/100, to stay 13th.

Since 2012, only 20 nations had significantly improved their scores, including Argentina and Ivory Coast, which scored 40 and 35 respectively, up from 35 and 29.

At the same time, 16 have declined significantly in that time, including Australia, which slipped from a score of 85 to 77, and Chile, which dropped from 72 to 67.

Overall, Denmark led the survey as the least corrupt nation, with a score of 88, followed by New Zealand, Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.

Rounding out the top group were Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany and Britain.

In a cross-analysis of its survey with global democracy data, Transparency said a link could be drawn between corruption and the healthinfo-icon of a democracy.

Full democracies scored an average of 75 on the corruption index, flawed democracies averaged 49, and autocratic regimes averaged 30, the organisation said.

"Our research makes a clear link between having a healthy democracy and successfully fighting public sector corruption," said Delia Ferreira Rubio, the head of Transparency.

"Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage."

The index is calculated using 13 different data sources that provide perceptions of public sector corruption from business people and country experts.

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