Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index in an analytical report indicated that Afghanistan has been ranked 165 out of 180 countries on Thursday.

Afghanistan was ranked with a score of 19 out of 100 points in regards to corruption prevention, CPI ranked 180 countries by their levels of public sector corruption, According to Transparency organization.

“The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean”, according to the report.

CPI report indicates that globally, investments in health care, responses to COVID-19 were impacted by corruption and their democratic norms and institutions have been weakened during the pandemic, adding that persistent corruption had an in-depth effect on health care systems.

“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage,” Transparency International chairperson, Delia Ferreira Rubio said.

“The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad,” she added.

The watchdog stated that 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.

Countries that had a positive performance on the index invested more in health care, and are able to provide universal health support, and are less likely to violate laws and democratic norms and institutions.

“The top countries on the CPI are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each.

“The bottom countries are South Sudan and Somalia, with scores of 12 each, followed by Syria (14), Yemen (15) and Venezuela (15)”.

“Since 2012, 26 countries improved their CPI scores, including Greece, Myanmar and Ecuador. In the same period, 22 countries decreased their scores, including Lebanon, Malawi and Bosnia & Herzegovina*Twenty-two countries significantly decreased their scores, including Bosnia and Herzegovina (35), Guatemala (25), Lebanon (25), Malawi (30), Malta (53) and Poland (56)”.

The watchdog reported, half of the countries have been stagnant on the index for almost a decade, and that stalled government efforts to tackle corruption.

More than two-thirds of countries have scored below 50, Transparency international highlighted integrity challenges among the highest-scoring countries in the previous year, showing that no nation is free of corruption.

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