The Most Corrupt Countries 2020


There is no shortage of countries that could be considered corrupt, but these are the five that are forecast to lead the pack in terms of corruption in 2020.

While all five countries have been implicated in graft scandals in the past, they are set to continue their practice of bribery and nepotism as they seek to cling to power.

In spite of public protests and increased scrutiny from international organizations, the governments of these countries seem determined to keep their grip on power at all costs.


Here Are The Most Corrupt Countries 2020


10. Haiti


Haiti is among the most corrupt countries in the world. In 2020, it ranked 116th out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International.

This year, Haiti has a CPI score of 29 points out of 100, which means that it is perceived to have a high level of corruption.

Haiti is also one of the poorest countries in the world, with over 60% of its population living in poverty.
Poverty and corruption are both significant factors contributing to Haiti’s instability.


9. North Korea

North Korea
North Korea

North Korea is a totalitarian state led by Kim Jong-un. The government controls all aspects of life, including the media, economy, and religion. Corruption is endemic, with bribery and graft commonplace among government officials.

The average person lives in poverty, struggling to find food and necessities. Human rights abuses are rampant, and anyone who speaks out against the government risks imprisonment or execution.


8. Afghanistan


Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. In 2017, Afghanistan was ranked as the 166th most corrupt country globally, out of 180 countries. Corruption is a significant issue in Afghanistan, and it has hurt economic development, security, and public trust in government institutions.

The Afghan government has attempted to address corruption, but progress has been slow. In 2016, Afghanistan enacted a new anti-corruption law that created a specialized anti-corruption unit within the Attorney General’s Office. However, much more needs to be done to combat corruption in Afghanistan.

Donors have also been working to address corruption in Afghanistan. For example, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched several initiatives to promote transparency and reduce crime in Afghanistan. These initiatives include programs that promote good governance and support anti-corruption agencies.


7. Sudan


According to the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI), Sudan is the most corrupt country globally. In the CPI, a score of 100 is considered perfect, and 0 is highly unethical. Sudan received just 17, ranking it as the most corrupt country globally.

Sudan’s rank has fallen significantly in recent years; it was ranked the 37th most corrupt country in 2018. This significant decline can be attributed to several factors, including the ongoing conflict in Darfur and allegations of corruption against high-ranking government officials.

Sudan is followed by Somalia (score of 19), South Sudan (score of 21), and North Korea (score of 22) as the most corrupt countries in the world.


6. Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is ranked as the most corrupt country in the world by 2020, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index. The small central African country has a long history of corruption and ranks poorly in all categories of the CPI.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been accused of embezzling millions of dollars from state coffers. In addition, his son, Teodorin Obiang, has been implicated in several high-profile money laundering scandals.


5. Venezuela


In 2020, Venezuela was considered the most corrupt country in the world. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Venezuela ranks as the most corrupt country, with a score of just 16 on a scale from 0 (highly unethical) to 100 (very clean).

This is an alarming statistic, as Venezuela has fallen from rank 95 in 2017 to rank 167 out of 180 countries in 2020. Many factors have contributed to Venezuela’s corruption ranking.

Firstly, the Venezuelan government is incredibly opaque; citizens have little access to government activities and decision-making information.

Government officials are known for engaging in rampant bribery and nepotism. Finally, Venezuela suffers from high levels of poverty and inequality; this creates an environment ripe for corruption as people are desperate for basic needs like food, water, and shelter.


4. Yemen


Yemen is the most corrupt country in the world, according to a 2020 report by Transparency International. The global watchdog ranks 180 countries and territories based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

Yemen scored just 8 points out of 100 on its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), making it the most corrupt country globally. It is closely followed by Somalia (10 points) and South Sudan (11 points).

The report also found that more than two-thirds of all countries are “serious” or “very serious” about tackling corruption, with 27 countries scoring below 50 points on the CPI.

According to Transparency International, corruption is defined as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.”


3. Syria


According to a new report from Transparency International, Syria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The country ranks 176 out of 180 countries on the corruption watchdog’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

Syria has long been plagued by corruption, with government officials and business people engaging in bribery, theft, and money laundering. Unfortunately, the war in Syria has only worsened, with corrupt officials stealing aid money and diverting resources to their pockets.

The Syrian government has addressed corruption by creating a national anti-corruption commission in 2018. However, these efforts have done little to improve the country’s rank on the CPI.


2. South Sudan

South Sudan
South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Transparency International ranked the 176th most corrupt country out of 180 countries in 2020.

The rampant corruption in South Sudan has had a devastating effect on the country’s development. It has contributed to the ongoing civil war and has made it difficult for citizens to access essential services such as healthcare and education. Corruption also costs the country millions of dollars every year in lost revenue.


1. Somalia


According to the latest report by Transparency International, Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world. The organization ranks 180 countries and territories according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption. In Somalia, 96% of people say that corruption is a significant problem in their country.

Somalia has been struggling with civil war and political instability since the early 1990s. Unfortunately, this has created a breeding ground for corruption, as government officials and military leaders have exploited their positions of power for personal gain.

Corruption is also rampant in the private sector, with business owners often paying bribes to secure contracts or licenses.

The consequences of corruption are devastating for Somalis. It leads to lower incomes, fewer jobs, and poorer education and healthcare services. Corruption also undermines democracy and contributes to conflict and insecurity.


Source: Transparency International