Somalia, South Sudan most corrupt, Uganda improves in international rankings

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 25 January 2017 saa 12:50
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In 2015 Uganda was ranked 131 out of 167 countries and in the latest report has risen to 151 out of 176 countries ranked.

Uganda has improved in rankings among the most corrupt countries in the world according to the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index. In 2015 Uganda was ranked 131 out of 167 countries and in the latest report has risen to 151 out of 176 countries ranked.

Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea and Syria are perceived to be the most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s latest annual review that draws on a mix of business and government sources for its rankings.

Somalia has held the undesirable title as the world’s most corrupt country for the past 10 years, with a score of 10 on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, which ranks countries’ public sector from zero to 100.

Countries with a lower score are deemed to be more corrupt, and are generally characterized by impunity for corruption, poor governance and weak institutions, the report said.

Second from the bottom is South Sudan, a relatively new country which only gained its independence from Sudan six years ago, with a score of 11. The third most corrupt country is North Korea, followed by Syria, a war-torn country which is presently seeing a massive outflow of refugees.

Countries in the Middle East suffered the worst declines on the corruption index, led by Qatar which fell 10 scores from the previous year due to scandals such as FIFA’s decision to host the World Cup 2022 in Qatar amid reports of migrant workers abuse, Transparency International said.

The top 10 ranked nations perceived to be the least corrupt are:

• Denmark
• New Zealand
• Finland
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Norway
• Singapore
• Netherlands
• Canada
• Germany

And the most corrupt countries as ranked on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 are:

• Somalia
• South Sudan
• North Korea
• Syria
• Yemen
• Sudan
• Libya
• Afghanistan
• Guinea-Bissau
• Venezuela


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