Corruption is a global issue. Almost all the countries in our world are affected by corruption. It is all pervading evil. In some countries it is more prominent than in the others. For people in these countries, public sector corruption is a fact of life. Nothing moves in these countries without bribes.
Here are the 10 most corrupt countries in the world. This is according to Corruption Perception Index for 2013 published by the Transparency International. This watch-dog NGO’s index ranks nations worldwide by perceived level of government corruption.
If a country gets a score of 100, it is absolutely clean. A zero score indicates that the country is hopelessly corrupt. It is unfortunate that out of 177 countries listed on the index, less than one-third scored above 50. This is the state of our world.
Nordic nations are least corrupt. Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are all least corrupt. New Zealand and Denmark are at the top two positions. Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are tied for last place. They are most corrupt nations in the world.
These are the 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World 2014.
Located in the Horn of Africa, this country’s public sector is steeped in corruption. There is no accountability in the receipt and expenditure of public funds. The Somali Federal government announced that it had launched a Public Finance Management Policy to bring in more transparency into its public sector finance system. Hope more steps are taken to root out corruption from this country.
=1) North Korea
Corruption is a major problem in North Korea. The nation is also well-known for its strict rules and Draconian punishments. People who have money evade punishments by bribing the police.
Corruption is a growing issue in this war-torn country. People close to the president Hamid Karzai were involved in Kabul Bank financial scandal recently.
The civil was has ended. Unfortunately the war has not done anything to curb rampant corruption.
5) South Sudan
The VP of South Sudan James Wani Igga has acknowledged massive corruption in the collection of taxes and fees.
Corruption is the biggest challenge facing Libya.
This nation is steeped in corruption. In fact, Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, is known as the city of corruption. Bribery has become the dominant currency in Baghdad.
Corruption is a serious problem facing this nation. Even though there are laws to deal with the issue, there is no proper enforcement.
Corruption is the king in Turkmenistan. Corrupt officials are not punished appropriately in this country.
Syria is the second worst corrupt country in the Middle East region. The country’s culture of corruption is impeding the country’s progress.
The Transparency International has done an excellent job by throwing light on this widespread problem. As of now we can only hope that this issue is dealt with at the international level. It would be wonderful if appropriate laws are put in place to deal with this issue in all the countries worldwide.