- Rwanda has been ranked 48th globally with a score of 55 points from 50th last year among the least corrupt countries according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on 21 February 2018by Transparency International. Rwanda still leads in the East African Community and tied with Cape Verde at the third position in Africa after Botswana and Seychelles. This year’s index ranked 180 countries up from 176 last year by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
- In East Africa, Tanzania comes second at number 103 globally, Kenya third, ranked 143 globally. Uganda fourth at 151, and Burundi is ranked 157 globally.
- Transparency International indicates that the transformations in Rwanda and Cape Verde show that corruption is manageable with well-sustained effort.
- It adds that though Africa is the worst performing region, some African countries, specifically, Botswana, Seychelles, Cape Verde, Rwanda and Namibia all score better on the index compared to some countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) like Italy, Greece and Hungary.
- New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.
- The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).
The full ranking and further details are available here.