FCC Flash

The 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released on January 31, 2023 by Transparency International, shows that global peace is deteriorating and that corruption is both a key cause and a result of this deterioration.

The CPI ranks 180 jurisdictions based on the perception of their public sector corruption level by experts and business people, using a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

As revealed in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2022, 124 countries have stagnant corruption levels, while the number of countries showing a decline has increased.
Since 2012, 25 countries have improved their scores, but 31 countries have experienced significant declines.

More than two-thirds of countries (68%) scored below 50, and the global average score remains unchanged at 43.Denmark has the lowest CPI risk, with a score of 90, followed by Finland (87), New Zealand (87), and Norway (84).

Countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies are often among the top performers.

Countries experiencing conflict or where personal and political freedom is highly restricted are usually the ones with the highest CPI risk.

For this year, Somalia is at the bottom of the index with a score of 12, followed by Syria (13), South Sudan (13), and Venezuela (14).

Overall, the CPI 2022 shows that leaders have ignored anti-corruption efforts, resulting in levels of corruption stagnating across the region for a fourth consecutive year.

Since 1995, Transparency International has issued an annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI); it also publishes a Global Corruption Report, a Global Corruption Barometer, and a Bribe Payers Index.