Corruption still rife but 2015 saw pockets of hope


With a score of 38, India has climbed nine points in the Corruption Perception Index this year . The TI index rates countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). India is placed along with Thailand, Brazil, Tunisia, Zambia and Burkina Faso.

All the Nordic countries had done very well in the ranking. Denmark took the top spot with 91 points, Finland came second with 90 points, Sweden came with 89 points and Norway became fifth with 87 points.  Transparency International list out some common features of the top five countries. They are open with high levels of press freedom, There is a high level of integrity among people in power, the truly independent judiciaries don’t differenciate between rich and poor and all these countries embrace the idea of transparency.

In addition to conflict and war,poor governance, week judiciary and lack of media freedom charecterise the lowest ranked countries. Orth Korea and Somalia with 8 points each are the worst performers,  Afghanistan (11), Sudan (12) and South Sudan (15) are the other three performers respectively.

The big decliners in the past four years include Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey. The big improvers include Greece, Senegal and UK.

The Transparency International’s report said that 68 percent of global countries have a serious corruption problem, including half of the G20 countries. “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,”  said Jose Ugaz, Chair of Tranparency International.

Transparency International report urges all people to take action by voting at unmaskthecorrupt.org to send a message against grand corruption. “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” Ugaz added