girlyswot

December 13, 2006

corruption

Filed under: Uncategorized — girlyswot @ 5:52 am

This week Transparency International released the Corruption Perception Index, which ranks more than 150 countries by their perceived levels of corruption. And the winners are:

Least corrupt
Finland
Iceland
New Zealand
Denmark

Most corrupt
Haiti
Myanmar
Iraq
Guinea

According to Transparency International, this year’s index highlights a strong correlation between corruption and poverty. This is interesting because one of the arguments used against aid is that it is siphoned off by corrupt governments. But I think the results really indicate that if we reduce overall levels of poverty, then countries also become less corrupt.

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