Global Corruption to Be a HUGE Problem

( – Transparency International, or TI, in its latest report, said that the global efforts to combat corruption are slowly diminishing as the “weakening justice system” is making it easy for corruption to occur.

It recently published its 2023 edition of its Corruption Perceptions Index, or CPI, and it stated that 23 countries are currently at their lowest level ever in the global ranking index.

“There has been a global decline in justice and the rule of law since 2016. Weakening justice systems that reduce the accountability of public officials is a key factor in allowing corruption to thrive globally,” Transparency International said.

The CEO, Daniel Eriksson, said that while social injustices continue to affect the most vulnerable of our society, corruption worsens. This causes a snowball effect of issues where countries can’t get a grip on the corruption taking place.

“Corruption will continue to thrive until justice systems can punish wrongdoing and keep governments in check,” the NGO’s Chair, Francios Valerian, said in a statement, continuing, “Leaders should fully invest in and guarantee the independence of institutions that uphold the law and tackle corruption.”

Transparency International uses different data sources to help bring these statistics and data. They compile data from the World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), and various private firms to analyze the state of corruption. It is measured on a scale from 0 to 100; 0 means a country or institution is “highly corrupt”, whereas 100 means they’re “very clean”. They measured 180 different countries and territories in order to get their results.

With this being said, although high corruption data was coming from most of the countries, places like Iceland, the Netherlands, and Sweden had a decline in 2023, according to reports.

Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland were the top 10 countries with the highest scores. On the other hand, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Haiti, North Korea, and Nicaragua all scored lower numbers, below 20, and make up the most corrupt countries.

The United States’ score was unchanged at 69. The average for 2023 was 43 and this is unchanged from the last 12 years where it has sat at 43. It’s said, according to the reports, that only 8 countries improve their scores from year to year.

Some of these scores were surprising as some countries increased scores even with uncircumstantial situations going on. For example, Ukraine has increased its scores even though they are in a war right now with Russia. On the other hand, Russia’s score dropped during all of this.

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