The Berlin-based corruption watchdog – Transparency International in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index has revealed that Afghanistan is among the three nations with the world’s highest degree of corruption as perceived by analysts and business leaders.
The Transparency International’s index is based on polls of thousands of people from 177 countries, which reveals high levesl of bribery and abuse of power in conflict-ridden states like Afghanistan.
Finn Henrich, a lead researcher in Transparency International told AFP, Afghanistan, where most Nato-led Western forces are pulling out next year after a more than decade long deployment, is “a sobering story. We have not seen tangible improvements.”
“The West has not only invested in security but also in trying to establish the rule of law. But there have been surveys in the last couple of years showing the share of people paying bribes is still one of the highest in the world,” Henrich added.
The report also added that Afghanistan scored just eight points out of 100 in Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.
North Korea and Somalia were also among the worst performers and the two states scored eight points out of 100, while Denmark and New Zealand were once again chosen as best performers, scoring 91 out of 100 points.