INDIA SLIPS TWO PLACES ON GLOBAL CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
Context: According to the Transparency International India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the previous year.
- In democracies like India and Australia, unfair and opaque political financing, undue influence in decision-making and lobbying by powerful corporate interest groups, has resulted in stagnation or decline in the control of corruption.
- The report shows how corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals.
- The 2019 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
- In the Asia Pacific region, the average score is 45, after many consecutive years of an average score of 44, which “illustrates general stagnation” across the region.
- China has improved its position from 87 to 80 with a score of 41 out of 100, a two-point jump.
- Transparency International (TI) is an international non-governmental organizationwhich is based in Berlin, Germany, and was founded in 1993.
- Its nonprofitpurpose is to take action to combat global corruption with civil societal anti-corruption measures and to prevent criminal activities arising from corruption.
- It publishes for the Global Corruption Barometerand the Corruption Perceptions Index.
- TI is a member of UNESCOConsultative Status, United Nations Global Compact and shares the goals of peace, justice, strong institutions and partnerships of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).