Russia is on the list of the most corrupt countries in the world – 24/7 Wall St.


Several research reports rank corrupt countries. Among the best known of these are the Corruption Perceptions Index, the US News Country Index and a report by Forbes. Although not all use the same measures, most include the pervasiveness of corruption, sexual exploitation and lack of legal enforcement of activities that contribute to corruption.

To determine the most corrupt country in the world, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Countries were ranked according to their Corruption Index, a measure reflecting perceived levels of corruption in the public sector ranging from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean). According to the CPI, the most corrupt country in the world is South Sudan.

Transparency International calculates the index scores using data from 13 different surveys. Each country considered must have at least three sources of evaluation. Population data is from the World Bank and is for 2020.

Overall, the nations of the world have done little to improve the perception of their corruption in recent years. Around the world, countries have cracked down on civil liberties and removed accountability measures designed to control corruption in the public sector. Even in relatively open countries, accountability for major issues such as COVID-19 responses has been limited.

In corrupt countries, it can be very difficult for average citizens to access the financial resources they need to escape poverty. High levels of corruption can stifle economic growth and restrict access to education, which can make it harder for low-income residents to lift themselves out of poverty. This has been shown to increase the gap between rich and poor. (These are the countries with the worst wealth inequality.)

The most corrupt country in the world is South Sudan with a Corruption Perceptions Index of 11 out of 100. The sub-Saharan country has a population of 11.19 million. Syria is next with a score of 13. For comparison, the highest score is 88, which three countries achieve, while the US score is 67, ranking 27th in the world. (Many corrupt countries are also among the poorest countries in the world.)

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