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    Corruption Perceptions Index 2011: What’s in a number?

    Deborah Hardoon, Transparency International’s Senior Research Coordinator, explains how the Corruption Perceptions Index measures corruption and how this can be an incentive for tackling it.

    Since 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has scored and ranked countries from all around the world according to perceptions of the extent of corruption in the public sector. The simplicity of giving each country a single score has enabled the CPI to be a powerful awareness raising tool with global reach. Read more

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    What makes New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and others “cleaner” than most countries?

    Marie Chêne, Senior Research Coordinator at Transparency International, looks at the countries that are ranked highest in the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index.

    New Zealand, Denmark, Finland and Sweden have been consistently ranked at the top of the Corruption Perceptions Index and are perceived to be the least corrupt of all the countries surveyed. They are not perfect – still falling short of the target 10 out of 10 on the index – but many still want to know about how these countries have managed to contain corruption. Read more

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    What is public sector corruption?

    The Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 highlights corruption in the public sector. But what exactly does this mean? Transparency International’s Rosie Slater explains.

    First of all, let’s look at corruption itself. We use this word all the time, but what do we actually mean by it? Transparency International defines corruption broadly as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This can happen anywhere, and can be classified as grand or petty, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs. Read more

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    Fighting corruption in 2011

    The launch of the Corruption Perceptions Index, notes Christina zur Nedden of Transparency International, serves as a timely occasion to reflect on our efforts to fight corruption in 2011.

    This has been a big year for anti-corruption work and public awareness of corruption has risen substantially. Unprecedented collective activism as witnessed during the Arab Spring and the Indian Summer as well as major corruption-related scandals involving FIFA and News of the World have brought corruption on the world’s agenda and inspired us to work against it. Read more

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    Sub-Saharan Africa: A call to action

    With all but four Sub-Saharan African countries coming in on the lower half of the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, it’s easy to focus on the bad news. But Chantal Uwimana, Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East says the results can be a motivation for governments and citizens alike to tackle corruption, with a focus on the power of the individual to create change.

    The deep red marking Sub-Saharan Africa on the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index map confirms that public sector corruption is seen as endemic in the region. Only Botswana, Cape Verde, Mauritius and Rwanda score above 5 on the Index. Read more

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    Americas: Why aren’t all countries at the top?

    Transparency International’s newly released 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index features some interesting results for the Americas. Alejandro Salas, Transparency International’s Regional Director for the Americas, takes a look behind the scenes. He discusses the trends, challenges ahead and the progress made in the region.

    The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 183 countries, 32 of which are in the Americas. More than two-thirds of them don’t even make it to the middle of the global ranking – indicating that corruption is a serious problem in those countries. Read more

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    Alarming results in Asia

    Asia’s leading economies may be experiencing high levels of growth, but a lack of anti-corruption measures threatens fair distribution of wealth. Rukshana Nanayakkara, Transparency International’s Senior Programme Coordinator for South Asia, looks at the corruption challenges facing Asia’s emerging economies.

    The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks of Asian Pacific states is a clear message to governments in the region for stringent action to counter corruption. If the 21st century is to truly be Asia’s as predicted, comprehensive actions are needed to increase integrity and structural equality throughout the region. But to do this,  governments and civil society must work together to counter corruption effectively. Read more.

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    Europe and Central Asia: Little to celebrate

    The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index shows levels of perceived public sector corruption in the countries of Europe and Central Asia cover the gamut of highly corrupt to very clean. Anne Koch, Transparency International’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia discusses the results.

    The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index provides little cause for celebration in Europe and Central Asia. It shows that yet again existing anti-corruption measures must be effectively implemented and the fight against corruption in all areas of life stepped up. No one can be complacent. Read more

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    Corruption and the Arab World

    The wave of protests that spread through the Arab world this spring drew international attention to the problems of corruption and nepotism in the region. This is confirmed by the findings of the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index. Arwa Hassan, Senior Programme Coordinator in Transparency International’s Middle East and North Africa department, discusses the challenges ahead.

    It comes as no surprise that the discontentment felt by many in the Arab world is reflected in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Most countries affected by the “Arab Spring” score poorly, in many cases carrying a score of less than four on a scale from 0 to 10 where 0 means highly corrupt and 10 means very clean. Read more

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