The 10 Most Corrupt Countries in 2022

March 8, 2023
Over the past six years, 95% of countries have made little to no progress in fighting corruption, says Transparency International.

The 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International reveals little progress; eight of the 10 countries featured in the Index last year remained in the top 10.

“Corruption has made our world a more dangerous place. As governments have collectively failed to make progress against it, they fuel the current rise in violence and conflict – and endanger people everywhere," said Chair of Transparency International Delia Ferreira Rubio. "The only way out is for states to do the hard work, rooting out corruption at all levels to ensure governments work for all people, not just an elite few.”

Transparency International cites the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and the dismantling of anti-corruption frameworks in Brazil as prominent examples of how the lack of government accountability spurs conflict and security concerns.

"Governments must open up space to include the public in decision-making – from activists and business owners to marginalised communities and young people. In democratic societies, the people can raise their voices to help root out corruption and demand a safer world for us all," said Transparency International Chief Executive Officer Daniel Eriksson.