A New Low
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.