The consequences of corruption
The 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that persistent corruption undermines health care systems and contributed to democratic backsliding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries that perform well on the index invest more in health care, are better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms and institutions or the rule of law. Those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge.
This year’s report has put Australia in 11th place, scoring 77 points on the 100-point scale. Since 2012 Australia has slid 8 points in Transparency International’s global corruption ranking.
While Australia scores higher than most countries, has managed the COVID-19 crisis better than most, the key lesson from TI’s research is: the more transparent and accountable our democracy, the better we are at managing an equitable response to crises and their longer-term recovery.
What we need
To avoid sliding further down the corruption scale, we need to:
- Strengthen oversight institutions to ensure resources reach those most in need.
- Ensure open and transparent contracting to combat wrongdoing, identify conflicts of interest and ensure fair pricing.
- Defend democracy and promote civic space to create the enabling conditions to hold governments accountable.
- Publish relevant data and guarantee access to information to ensure the public receives easy, accessible, timely and meaningful information.
About the CPI
The CPI analyses the perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, drawing on 13 surveys of businesspeople and expert assessments.
The CPI uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Usually, a score below 50 indicates serious levels of public sector corruption.
Watch this great 4-minute explainer video to learn how we calculate the CPI.
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