Despite efforts to tackle corruption around the world, progress is still frustratingly slow, according to the latest report from Transparency International.
Its annual Corruption Perception Index reveals some alarming trends. It shows public service corruption is still a huge problem for two-thirds of the world’s economies.
The report uses a scale of zero to 100 to rank countries: zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. New Zealand comes out on top but with a score of 89.
The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66, while the worst performing regions are sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Max Heywood, a money laundering expert at Transparency International, says “the index we published shows that out of 180 countries around the world, two-thirds of them are