Afghanistan stands 150th in Corruption Perception Index

The city of Farah, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has jumped 24 places – with 24 points out of 100 – in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in 2022 to stand at 150th place out of 180 countries around the world, according to Transparency International’s latest report.

According to the report, released on Tuesday, Afghanistan was ranked 174th among 180 countries in 2021 with 16 points.

Transparency International said that corruption was central to the failure of the international effort to establish peace and security in Afghanistan.

“It undermined the legitimacy and capability of the Afghan government, hollowed out the Afghan military, and channeled resources to and strengthened popular support for the Taliban,” the report said.

The report stated that corruption was a fundamental threat to “peace and security.”

“It has been shown time and again that corruption is not only a consequence but also a cause of conflict, fuelling it in several ways.

Corruption generates new grievances in society, or drives existing ones, by undermining defense and security institutions, and by eroding state legitimacy,” the report read.

“Corruption has made our world a more dangerous place. As governments have collectively failed to make progress against it, they fuel the current rise in violence and conflict – and endanger people everywhere. The only way out is for states to do the hard work, rooting out corruption at all levels to ensure governments work for all people, not just an elite few,” Delia Ferreira Rubio Chair of Transparency International said.

According to the report, countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies often find themselves at the top of the Index.Denmark stands in first place of the ranking with a score of 90, and Finland and New Zealand with a score of 87 stand in the second spot. Norway (84), Singapore (83), Sweden (83), Switzerland (82), the Netherlands (80), Germany (79), Ireland (77), and Luxembourg (77) stood from spot three to 10 respectively this year.