CPI 2018 Media Kit
Around the world
- Middle East & North Africa: corruption continues as institutions and political rights weaken
- Tackling the crisis of democracy, promoting rule of law and fighting corruption
- Eastern Europe & Central Asia: weak checks and balances threaten anti-corruption efforts
- Asia Pacific: little to no progress on anti-corruption
- Sub-Saharan Africa: undemocratic regimes undermine anti-corruption efforts
- Americas: weakening democracy and rise in populism hinder anti-corruption efforts
The CPI Explained
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.
It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption.