Corruption Perception Index 2020

Corruption Perception Index 2020



  • India’s rank has slipped six places to 86th among 180 countries in a corruption perception index (CPI) in 2020


  • The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
  • CPI 2020 paints a grim picture of the state of corruption worldwide. While most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of just 43.
  • Moreover, corruption not only undermines the global health response to Covid-19 but contributes to a continuing crisis of democracy.
  • The top countries on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each.
  • South Sudan and Somalia are the bottom Countries with scores of 12 each, followed by Syria (14), Yemen (15) and Venezuela (15).
  • In 2020, India’s score is 40 (41 in 2019). India experienced slow progress in anti-corruption efforts, with several government commitments to reform not yet materialising effectively.


  • Strengthen oversight institutions to ensure resources reach those most in need. Anti-corruption authorities and oversight institutions must have sufficient funds, resources and independence to perform their duties
  • Ensure open and transparent contracting to combat wrong doing, identify conflicts of interest and ensure fair pricing.
  • Defend Democracy, Promote Civic Space by enabling civil society groups and the media to hold governments accountable.
  • Publish relevant data and guarantee accessto information to ensure the public receives easy, accessible, timely and meaningful information.

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