December 9th International Anti-Corruption Day – A look at the corruption in 2012

As it so happens, today, December the 9th is the International Anti-Corruption Day and so the United Nations have started a campaign against corruption.

When i looked at the section “What can you do?” i noticed this: “Report incidents of corruption.
Create an environment where the rule of law prevails.”

Now, we are indeed so used to the idea of corruption that we usually don’t do much when we see it happen and as a result, the world relies on whistleblowers to get the info out.
The problem is, that the most systems in the world are so messed and so aggressive against those who dare to blow the whistle that it makes you wonder: do our governments really care about corruption or is every time a play just to get elected?

In the last years many whistleblowers have gone through hell doing just that, exposing the corrupt but paying with their freedom.
Why would they bother if the protection is not there?
Another problem is that even if you report it, not many bother to look into it. It’s just how things are.
In Europe there are some regulations about whistleblowing, and here is an “In-depth assessments of whistleblower laws in 10 European countries“.

This got me thinking about the latest statistics on the subject and i thought i might as well add the results and some links to the new discoveries.

Last week, Transparency.org released the stats about the least and most corrupted countries in the world  and you can see the result below.

You see, more than half of the country of this little planet are very corrupted. It’s just how their engines are spinning.
The leading example against corruption is too low – only 12 countries out of 174 have a score of 80 or above – and the other countries don’t bother to measure up to them.

To be able to run that campaign successfully, U.N. really need to pressure world government into making tougher laws against corruption and better laws to protect the whistleblowers , because the existing laws are full of cracks and as you can see on the images below, the human decency is leaking.

1 Denmark 90
1 Finland 90
1 New Zealand 90
4 Sweden 88
5 Singapore 87
6 Switzerland 86
7 Australia 85
7 Norway 85
9 Canada 84
9 Netherlands 84
11 Iceland 82
12 Luxembourg 80

The higher the score (yellow) , the least corrupted. Click on the images to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To understand what this corruption index is and how is done, visit the Transparency FAQ page.
Here’s a brief explanation from the website:

1. What is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?

The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.

You can view the full results on the Transparency website and you can also download the infographics.

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