A New Low

Southasia - - Briefing -

Ber­lin based, global anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog, Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional, re­cently re­leased its Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex (CPI) 2011, which re­mark­ably had all South Asian key play­ers scor­ing highly on the list. In a rank­ing where coun­tries score on a scale of 0 (highly cor­rupt) to 10 (very clean), any score un­der 5 sig­ni­fies that cor­rup­tion is all-per­va­sive in that econ­omy.

This year, Afghanistan (no. 180) took the top slot as not only the most cor­rupt coun­try in South Asia but also one of the most cor­rupt coun­tries in the world, rub­bing shoul­der with So­ma­lia and North Korea and ty­ing with Myan­mar. Nepal, deemed the sec­ond most cor­rupt coun­try in South Asia (no. 154) fell from last year’s rank­ing where it stood at 146. Pak­istan and Mal­dives shared the 134th po­si­tion and In­dia and Sri Lanka placed at 95 and 86, re­spec­tively. Bangladesh took the 120th po­si­tion.

The CPI is cal­cu­lated tak­ing into ac­count ex­pert as­sess­ment and data from six in­ter­na­tional sur­veys com­mis­sioned by six in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tions. These sur­veys cover and ex­plore is­sues such as ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, bribery of public of­fi­cials, kick­backs in public pro­cure­ment, en­force­ment of anti-cor­rup­tion laws and their out­comes, ac­tion against the cor­rupt, po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion and bribery in ex­port and im­port of goods.

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