Corruption Ratings by Transparency International, Update Report 2014
Who is Transparency International?
According to its official website, Transparency International (TI) is a global civil society organization that aims to lead the fight against corruption. To accomplish their aim, Transparency attempts to bring people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the adverse and harmful effects of corruption on men, women, and children everywhere on the planet. Founded in 1993, Transparency International worked to improve the lives of multitudes around the world by building momentum for the anti-corruption movement. Among other works, TI publishes the Corruption Perception Index ranking 180 nations around the world in terms of citizens perceptions of whether their officials are corrupt or not.
What is Corruption?
As defined by Transparency International, corruption is "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain."
What is the Corruption Perception Index
According to CountryWatch, Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index "is a composite index which compares countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials. This index indicates the views of national and international business people and analysts about the levels of corruption in each country. The highest (and best) level of transparency is indicated by the number, 1. The lower (and worse) levels of transparency are indicated by higher numbers -- 100 and above."
20 Highest Ranking Countries in terms of Corruption Perception
2014 update - The 20 highest ranking countries around the world in terms of Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index were
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
- United States
The Lowest Rated Countries in terms of Corruption Perception
In 2014, the 20 lowest rated countries in terms of perceptions of corruption were reported by TI as follows:
174. North Korea
171. South Sudan
154. Congo, Democratic Republic
In 2010, The 20 lowest ranking countries around the world in terms of Transparency International's corruption perception were
168. Equatorial Guinea
162. Democratic Republic of Congo
162. Congo Brazzaville
158. Central African Republic
In 2009, The 20 lowest ranking countries around the world in terms of Transparency International's corruption perception were:
- Equatorial Guinea
- Congo (DRC)
- Sierra Leone