More than two-thirds of the world’s countries have a severe corruption problem. From blatant bribery and rigged elections to embezzling public funds and intimidating or even murdering political opponents and journalists, unethical dealings run rife across the planet.
Using the latest data from Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.
The index looks at 180 countries regarding their perceived levels of public sector corruption, using insider info gleaned from experts and business people in the know. The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is extremely corrupt, and 100 is very clean and pristine.
Here Are The Most Corrupt Countries 2020
Corruption score: 18. Unsurprisingly, Haiti features in the top 10 most corrupt countries after protests against President Jovenel Moïse continue to call for his resignation. A journalist was found dead in their car in 2019. The nation is riddled with corruption, from drug trafficking to gang violence.
Citizens had also taken to the streets in protest in November 2018 (pictured) after Haiti’s Senate released a report accusing two former prime ministers and other officials of embezzlement and forgery relating to funds in an oil loan program in Venezuela. One person was killed during the protests.
Corruption score: 17. North Korea’s corruption score fluctuates most years, having gained five points between 2016 and 2017, losing three in 2018, and now settling back at 17 points. Corruption from the top down is a key feature of life in the Hermit Kingdom, where human rights are virtually non-existent.
It has been reported that corruption has risen as officials will ask for bribes to ignore North Koreans who are using phones to call South Korea. Discover the legal and illegal jobs ordinary North Koreans do to survive.
Corruption score: 16. Afghanistan maintains its score of 16 this year as it deals with systemic corruption and the threat of Taliban violence. Family ties and tribal connections are solid in the country, making nepotism a massive issue.
Bribery, graft and illegal land transfers are also endemic. Corruption also stretches to narcotics as Afghanistan is the world’s top producer of opium for heroin, with efforts to combat this trade at a low.
Corruption score: 16. Sudan has a score of 16 for the third year in a row. The conflict-ravaged country has a profound problem with bribery, cronyism, nepotism, and entrepreneurs in Sudan have to know the right people or pay off officials to achieve anything.
Protests broke out in December 2018, bringing the 30-year rule of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to an end. He will now face the International Criminal Court following accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. He has been replaced by Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who has already been accused of similar offences.
Corruption score: 16. Equatorial Guinea is the joint fifth most corrupt country and keeps its score of 16. While much of the population suffers extreme poverty, president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his family live like royalty.
In October 2017, the president’s son, Teodorín (pictured), was given a three-year suspended sentence by a French court for allegedly stealing millions of dollars in public money to fund his extravagant playboy lifestyle.
Corruption score: 16. Venezuela has lost two points this year. The country continues to battle a severe economic crisis that has led to increased poverty and higher crime rates, despite having the world’s largest oil reserves. Bribery, theft of public money and nepotism are commonplace in government and the police force.
President Nicolás Maduro has been removed by Juan Guaidó, who declared Maduro illegitimate and announced himself as a leader in 2019. He has since lost many Venezuelans’ support as his appointment has yet to impact their day-to-day lives positively.
Corruption score: 15. Yemen’s score has increased by one point. The brutal civil war has plunged the country into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and decimated its economy, which isn’t helped by widespread nepotism that impedes any attempts at investment in the country.
Deep-rooted corruption harms any meaningful attempts at recovery, and extortion and passive bribery are both legal and common practices.
Corruption score: 13. Syria keeps its score of 13 as the war-torn nation remains a corrupt country as it is led by President Bashar al-Assad, who has killed many of his people over the past few years.
The president’s family and supporters control almost everything in the chaotic country and are involved in myriad dubious dealings, from stealing aid money to trading in illegal arms. These are the world’s most and least polluted countries.
Corruption score: 12. A textbook kleptocracy, South Sudan’s public officials have stolen untold amounts of public money and are only too willing to accept monetary payments and gifts. Anti-corruption legislation isn’t enforced, and wrongdoers are free to act in the knowledge they won’t be prosecuted for their crimes.
No wonder the country remains the second most corrupt on the planet. The world’s best countries to live in ranked.
Corruption score: 9. For the seventh year in a row, Somalia is the world’s most corrupt nation, and the country is even down another point in the 2019 index. Torn apart by rival warlords in the early 1990s, the current government is weak. A climate of lawlessness prevails, with almost every aspect of life in the country sadly affected by rampant corruption.
Several forms of corruption are illegal in the country. However, implementation of the law is non-existent, and Somalia is rife with embezzlement, abuse of office, and bribery. Now see who the world’s most wasteful rich countries are.
Source: Transparency International