Combating corruption stagnates

Most countries do not succeed in further reducing corruption. This is shown by the publication of this year's corruption index by Transparency International. More than 120 of the 180 countries surveyed only achieve a value of 50 on the scale (100 = corruption-free, 0 = extremely corrupt). Since 2012, the earliest comparable edition of the corruption index, only 20 countries have significantly improved their scores. The leaders in the fight against corruption are New Zealand (87 points) and Denmark (88), while Somalia (10), Southern Sudan (13) and Syria (13) are lagging behind.

Colombia, Haiti and Bangladesh with negative trend

The situation in the Horyzon project countries is also sobering. Both Colombia (36 points), Bangladesh (26) and Haiti (20) cannot improve and even lose some points compared to the previous year. In Haiti and Bangladesh in particular, corruption is being perceived more widely again (-2 each).

Horyzon rejects all forms of corruption and implements this with an anti-corruption clause in the partnership agreements.



The data for the Corruption Perceptions Index are based on thirteen different databases of twelve independent institutions. The data are based on the perception of corruption through carefully designed and calibrated questionnaires. The reason for this is that corruption usually involves illegal activities that are deliberately hidden and only come to light through scandals, investigations or criminal prosecution. While researchers from academia, civil society and governments have made progress in objectively measuring corruption in specific sectors, there is no indicator that directly and comprehensively measures objective national levels of corruption.

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