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Corruption Perceptions Index 2023

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. The CPI uses a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 being very clean and 0 being highly corrupt.

Twenty years after the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), progress in the fight against corruption remains limited. Sixty-eight per cent of the countries covered by the CPI have scores under 50. While 28 countries have made significant progress since 2012, another 34 have regressed. The rest have stagnant corruption levels.

Well-functioning justice systems are a precondition and a catalyst for addressing corruption effectively. When the justice system is weak, dysfunctional or lacks independence to shield itself against external pressures, it cannot uphold the law and ensure that it is applied equally to all. Under these circumstances, legal frameworks tend to lose their power to dissuade people from engaging in corruption and other criminal activities, and impunity thrives.

This report contains the full results alongside analysis of corruption, globally and regionally. It also provides insight on the relationship between corruption and justice.

See also:

- Interactive index and links to global and regional articles.