January 31, 2023

Ghana Ranks 72nd In Global Corruption Index

Ghana has been ranked 72nd in the 2022 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by Transparency International.


This portrays a slight increase in the performance of Ghana against corruption when it comes to the ranking.


In the 2021 CPI, Ghana was ranked as the 73rd most corrupt country globally at a score of 43.


In the current Index, Ghana scored 43, the same score as Benin, Bulgaria, Senegal and South Africa.


Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Norway and Singapore ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.


Somalia was ranked as the most corrupt country in the world at 180th position.


The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, scoring on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).


Global Assessment
According to Transparency International, the world is experiencing stagnation in the fight against corruption.


The 2022 Index, it said, shows that most countries are failing to stop corruption.


It shows that more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, while 26 countries have fallen to their lowest scores yet.


Meanwhile 155 countries have made no significant progress against corruption or have declined since 2012.


“Countries in the top-scoring region, Western Europe and the European Union, have been at a standstill for over a decade or have declined over the past five years. Undue influence over decision-making, poor enforcement of integrity safeguards and threats to the rule of law continue to undermine governments’ effectiveness.


“On the other end of the index, countries with low scores are also unable to make significant progress. In many parts of the Americas, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, restrictions and attacks on civic space and basic freedoms continue as multiple crises threaten security and stability, democracy and human rights.

“Similarly, in various Asia Pacific countries, rising authoritarianism dilutes civil society’s function as a watchdog, while many leaders are prioritising economic recovery over anti-corruption efforts. In the Middle East and North Africa, where unequal political and economic power is deeply intertwined with conflict, corruption is undermining democratic processes, causing pervasive civil unrest and fuelling violence.”


Sub-Sahara Africa
Transparency International noted that 44 of the 49 countries assessed still score below 50.


Seychelles leads the region with a CPI score of 70, followed by Botswana and Cabo Verde, each with 60. Burundi (17), Equatorial Guinea (17), South Sudan (13) and Somalia (12) perform the lowest.


For Botswana, the Index found that it has a robust democratic system in which the legislative and policy frameworks have continuously been improved.


In the region, Seychelles, Angola, Côte D’Ivoire, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania have improved in the past years, the report said.


On the other hand, Lesotho, Mali and Liberia have seen significant decline in scores.




Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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