Ghana Named The Third Most Corrupt Country In West Africa After Nigeria

Ghana’s ranking on the corruption perception index has continued to drop in the last five years, with the latest report placing the nation as the third most corrupt country in West Africa after it was ranked (#73) out of 180 countries surveyed globally.

According to Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perception Index, Ghana dropped to (#75) in 2021, from (#73) in 2020 rankings, scoring 43 points out of 100 points – an indication that corruption in the country’s public sector has worsened over the last five years despite the current administration’s effort to curb bad practices.

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The index assigns each country a score on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt, and 100 is very clean.

Ghana follows Nigeria, ranked (#159) and Guinea (#150) on the index as the third most corrupt nation in West Africa, scoring 43 points. In Sub-Saharan Africa, South Sudan and Libya are perceived as the most corrupt nations in the region and on earth.

Other countries perceived as more corrupt than Ghana include: Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, and South Sudan.

Comparatively, Seychelles (#23), Africa’s smallest country, is also its least corrupt nation with a score of 70. Other notable improvements include neighboring countries like Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania, rising into the list of least corrupt countries.

Globally, Nordic countries Denmark and Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt countries at the top of the index with scores of 88 each. Europe, in general, had 14 of the top 20 least corrupt countries. Asia also had many notable entrants, including Singapore (tied for #4), Hong Kong (#12), and Japan (tied for #18).


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