Which Countries Were Most Corrupt in 2021?

March 16, 2022
Corruption levels haven't improved as 86% of countries rated by Transparency International made little to no progress in the last 10 years.

The 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index was recently released by Transparency International and it seems that many countries are not making much progress.

According to the survey, corruption levels remain at a standstill worldwide, with 86% of countries making little to no progress in the last 10 years.

“Human rights are not simply a nice-to-have in the fight against corruption," said Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International, in a statement. "Authoritarian approaches destroy independent checks and balances and make anti-corruption efforts dependent on the whims of an elite. Ensuring people can speak freely and work collectively to hold power to account is the only sustainable route to a corruption-free society.”

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

The CPI global average remains unchanged at 43 for the tenth year in a row, and two-thirds of countries score below 50.