Transparency International released its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday and the data offers “a warning that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.”
Rwanda moved up a notch in the ranking to 49th least corrupt out of 177 countries and maintained its score from last year of 53. More than two thirds of the countries in the index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).
Robert Barrington, executive director of Transparency International, highlighted Rwanda as a nation that has seen improvement. In 2009, it ranked 89th in the world and rose to 49 in the 2013 rankings.
“Rwanda is a particularly interesting one because it did perform quite poorly for a number of years, but there’s been a concerted government effort to tackle corruption, and that’s now reaping rewards,” said Barrington.
This year the results of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) are not fundamentally different from those of the previous years: all but five Sub-Saharan African countries scored in the lower half of the survey.
A closer look at the scores of the CPI over the years shows that, while in Africa there has been an overall improvement on indicators related to human development and sustainable economic development, there has been noticeable deterioration with regards to the rule of law and safety.
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