The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index released today by Transparency International reveals that Nepal is third most corrupt country in South Asia, first being Afghanistan and second being Bangladesh. Nepal fell two notches to 124 in 2018 from 122 in 2017 out of 180 countries. Among the SAARC nations, Bhutan is least corrupt country with 25th position on the CPI, whereas Nepal stood at 124th. Likewise, India (78th), Sri Lanka (89th), Pakistan (117th), Maldives (124th).
The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of only 43.
As per the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark is perceived as least corrupt and Somalia the most.
Our research makes a clear link between having a healthy democracy and successfully fighting public sector corruption. Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International
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