Zimbabwe ranks 156 out of 175 countries on 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index

Zimbabwe ranks 156 out of 175 countries on Transparency International’s  (TI)’s 2014 Corruption Index released today December 3, 2014. The country has a total score of 21 points, similar to last year’s.

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The country also occupies the 41st  spot in sub-Sahara Africa where Botswana is on top. At the bottom of the table is Liberia.

According to Transparency International more than two thirds of the 175 countries in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean). Denmark comes out on top in 2014 with a score of 92 while North Korea and Somalia share last place, scoring just eight.

The scores of several countries rose or fell by four points or more. The biggest falls were in Turkey (-5), Angola, China, Malawi and Rwanda (all -4). The biggest improvers were Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (+5), Afghanistan, Jordan, Mali and Swaziland (+4), it said.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by open government where the public can hold leaders to account, while a poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs, the anti-corruption organization added.