Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries of 2018-Are South Africa,Nigeria and Kenya included?

Transparency International released its annual ranking, Corruptions Perceptions Index 2017, on Feb. 21 and the group said that “despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts. While stemming the tide against corruption takes time, in the last six years many countries have still made little to no progress.The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43.

Over the last six years, several countries significantly improved their CPI score, including Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and the United Kingdom, while several countries declined, including Syria, Yemen and Australia.

This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with a score of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

10. Equatorial Guinea

Source:Human Rights Watch

9. Guinea-Bissau

According to a US State Department report 2017, corruption of the authorities, exacerbated by drug trafficking, violence and discrimination against women and children are the causes of main human rights violations in Guinea-Bissau.
Source: UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau


8. North Korea

The country is one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world, ruled for seven decades by the Kim family. Kim Jong-Un continues to generate fearful obedience by using public executions, arbitrary detention, and forced labor.

Source: Human Rights Watch

7. Libya

Bribery and favoritism are common practice in all sectors, and companies may struggle with unfair competition from state-owned businesses, which also dominate the local market. The institutional framework to combat corruption is defective, and the rule of law is undermined by political instability and violence.

Source: GAN Integrity Co.

6. Sudan

Public servants are known to demand extra facilitation payments for services that individuals or companies are legally entitled to. Government officials hold direct and indirect stakes in many enterprises, which creates a system of patronage and cronyism and distorts market competition to the disadvantage of a foreign firm without political connections.

Source: GAN Integrity Co.

5. Yemen

Patronage networks and practices of nepotism severely impede the investment climate as businesses often find it difficult to navigate the inner workings of competing centers of authority without taking on a local partner. Practices such as passive bribery and extortion are excluded. Bribery and gifts are widespread practices in Yemen.

Source: GAN Integrity Co.