The Most Corrupt Nations In The Caribbean And Latin America

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY Fri March 2, 2018: Thanks to Transparency International’s annual vigilance, the list of the world’s most corrupt countries is no longer available. Here are the 8 nations ranked most corrupt in the Caribbean and Latin America, respectively, in 2017, compiled by News Americas based on TI’s latest global rankings.

CARIBBEAN

1: Haiti

The French Caribbean nation of Haiti was the most corrupt nation in the Caribbean and, along with Uzbekistan, ranked 157th in the world after scoring just 22 points in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

2: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, is the second most corrupt nation in the Caribbean. It was in 135th place worldwide and only achieved 29 points in the corruption perception index.

3: Guyana

The South American CARICOM nation of Guyana took third place for the most corrupt Caribbean nation. It ranked 91st worldwide, along with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sri Lanka, after scoring 38 points on its corruption perception rating card.

4: Trinidad & Tobago

The twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago also ranked 77th worldwide, slightly ahead of Ghana, and landed fifth on our list after scoring 41 points in the corruption perception index.

5: Suriname

In fifth place on the Caribbean’s most corrupt list, Suriname is ranked 77 worldwide, behind Serbia and China, after it also scored 41 points in the corruption perception index.

6: Jamaica

Jamaica ranks sixth on the most corrupt list in the Caribbean. The country was ranked 68th worldwide by TI, right next to Oman and Belarus, after scoring 44 on TI’s Corruption Perception scorecard.

7: Cuba

Cuba is considered the seventh most corrupt country in the Caribbean and was only 62 worldwide, together with Malaysia and a little behind Romania. Cuba scored 47 in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

8: Grenada

The top 8 of the most corrupt, according to TI’s rank, is rounded off by the spice island Grenada, which will be voted again on March 13th. The country was ranked 52nd worldwide, behind South Korea and just ahead of Namibia. Grenada also scored 52 on the TI Corruption Perception Scorecard.

LATIN AMERICA

1: Venezuela

The South American nation of Venezuela was the most corrupt country in Latin and South America and ranked 169th worldwide, just above Equatorial Guinea with a corruption score of only 18.

2: Nicaragua

Nicaragua ranked second on the list of the most corrupt American nations and the second most corrupt in Latin America, and shared with Uganda the global rank 151 with a perceptual corruption score of 26.

3: Guatemala

Third on our list is Guatemala with a global rank of 143, just like Kenya, and a title as the third most corrupt in Latin America. The country scored 28 points in its corruption perception index.

4: Paraguay

Paraguay is the fourth most corrupt nation in Latin America. According to the TI ranking, the country was 135th worldwide, along with Russia and Papua New Guinea. Paraguay scored 29 points on its corruption awareness scorecard.

5: Mexico

Fifth place on the most corrupt list in Latin America goes to Mexico, which, along with Laos PDR and Kyrgyzstan, also ranks 135th worldwide after scoring 29 points on its corruption perception scorecard.

6: Honduras

Honduras, which together with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Paraguay ranked 135 worldwide, ranks sixth on News Americas. Honduras scored 29 points on its corruption awareness scorecard.

7: Ecuador

According to TI data, Ecuador is the seventh most corrupt nation in Latin America. Together with Egypt and Gabon, the country reached 117th place worldwide and scored 32 points in the corruption perception index.

8: El Salvador

The list of the eight most corrupt nations in Latin America is rounded off by El Salvador, which, together with the Maldives and Niger, ranks 112th worldwide and scores 33 points on its corruption perception rating card.

ABOUT THE INDEX

The TI index rates 180 countries and territories according to their perceived level of corruption in the public sector, according to experts and business people on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 being very clean. That year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with an average of 43.

TI says that while America – the Caribbean and Latin America have made progress in the fight against corruption in several countries, there is still no overarching policy to address the historical and structural causes of corruption across the region.

GLOBAL

Last year, New Zealand and Denmark ranked highest worldwide with 89 and 88 points respectively, making them first and second worldwide. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were the lowest at 14, 12 and 9, respectively. The USA ranks 16th in the world
The best performing region was Western Europe with an average score of 66, while the worst performing regions were Sub-Saharan Africa with an average score of 32 and Eastern Europe and Central Asia with an average score of 34.