NAMIBIA has made a slight improvement on Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index, improving its score by two points – from 51 to 53 – and moving up one place in the rankings to 52nd.
Scoring 100 means non-corrupt.
The report stated that Sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest scoring region on the index, and has failed to translate its anti-corruption commitments into any real progress.
It further stated that the region has stark political and socio-economic contrasts and longstanding challenges, as many of its countries struggle with ineffective institutions and weak democratic values, which threaten anti-corruption efforts.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair: Transparency International, said that this reveals the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption and that this is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption.
“Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage,” Rubio stated.
The top least corrupt countries are Denmark with an 88% score, New Zealand with an 87% score, and Finland with an 85% score. In contrast, the most corrupt countries have been listed as South Sudan with a score of 13%, Syria with 13% and Somalia with 10%.