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Annual Report 2021

2021 was another remarkable and demanding year for the Transparency International movement. As the pandemic continued to disrupt and reshape global affairs, our international secretariat, chapters and partners around the world adapted to new ways of working and persisted in the fight against corruption – from the grassroots level through to global, coordinated action.

This year we:

  • edged closer to ending secretive corporate structures, everywhere
  • took the fight against corruption to the global stage, with two major firsts
  • exposed how corruption is crippling lifesaving COVID-19 responses
  • launched our 10-year strategy Holding Power to Account
  • made protecting anti-corruption activists a human rights priority
  • expanded the world’s largest survey on the impact of corruption in daily life

Transparency International’s 113 independent chapters and contacts around the world create and implement their own national strategies, but also join forces on critical issues to form the leading movement in the fight against corruption. This report showcases the work of the Transparency International Secretariat in 2021, which coordinates the broader movement worldwide, spearheads global and joint advocacy, gathers best practices, conducts world-class research, and provides financial and technical support to our chapters.

67,000 + Media articles in 2021 referring to findings and recommendations from our movement, expanding the anti-corruption conversation to new audiences.
80 IMF emergency COVID-19 loans, which we helped to ensure contained critical transparency and accountability measures in 2021, to support livelihoods and save lives during the ongoing pandemic.
62 Countries where our Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres provided free, confidential advice to victims and witnesses of corruption in 2021.
700 + Organisations, academics and businesses, brought together by Transparency International in 2021 to call on the UN General Assembly to end the abuse of anonymous companies.
34 Corruption-related legal submissions made in 2021 by our movement in 17 countries, to hold the corrupt accountable.
46,000 + People surveyed for our Global Corruption Barometer 2021 in the EU and the Pacific.