Ghana is among decliners on Corruption Perception Index 2018
Transparency International (TI) has released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and it is not good news. In its analysis, TI says this year’s index shows that majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption.
“Even worse, it reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world,” it said.
Additionally, Ghana has been listed among the decliners in the fight against corruption. With a score of 41 out of 100 Ghana is ranked 78 among 180 countries on the CPI. The index ranks 180 countries using a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. According to TI, this year, more than two-thirds of countries on the index scored below 50, with a global average score of just 43.
TI further states that, several countries in sub-Sahara Africa have experienced sharp declines in the CPI scores and they include Burundi, Congo, Mozambique, Liberia and Ghana.
Seychelles is the best performer in Africa, scoring 66 out of 100, making it the top country in sub-Sahara Africa. It is followed by Botswana and Cape Verde, with scores of 61 and 57 respectively.
“At the very bottom of the index for the seventh year in a row, Somalia scores 10 points, followed by South Sudan (13) to round out the lowest scores in the region,” it said.
About Africa, TI says the index paints a largely gloomy picture for the continent, as only eight out of the 49 countries on the CPI scored more than 43 out of 100.
Referring to the African Union’s commitment in declaring the year 2018 as the African Year of anti-corruption, TI says the commitment is yet to translate into concrete action.
The countries top on the index in the fight against corruption are Denmark and New Zealand, scoring 88 and 87 points respectively.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
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