Although rising in the ranking, Brazil maintains a low score in the 2022 – Corruption Perception Index (“CPI”) from Transparency International


In short

On January 31, Transparency International released the 2022 – Corruption Perception Index, an indicator published annually that evaluates the perception of integrity in 180 countries around the world, assigning scores from 0 to 100. The publication shows Brazil, that in the 2021 edition held the 96th position, holding the 94th position. Despite arising two positions, its score of 38 points was the same as in the last two years – a score equal to Argentina, Ethiopia, Morocco and Tanzania in this 2022 edition.

Main conclusions

  • The CPI score is provided on a scale from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (very healthy). As of the 2022 edition, the lowest score is attributed to Somalia (12 points) and the highest score to Denmark (90 points);
  • Brazil’s score (38 points) did not exceed neither the global average nor the average from any of the groups in which it is inserted, as seen below:

                    o    Global’s average (43 points)

                    o    Latin America’s average (43 points)

                    o    BRICS’ average (39 points)

                    o    G20 Countries’ average (53 points)

                    o    the OCDE members’ average (66 points);

  • In the past 10 years (between 2012 and 2022), Brazil lost 5 points and dropped 25 positions, dropping from 69th to 94th position and indicating a negative perception of integrity in the country;
  • For the 4th consecutive year, the region of Americas averaged 43 points out of 100;
  • According to Transparency International, the absence of bold and decisive measures to fight corruption and strengthen public institutions has fostered organized crime activities and other forms of violence, in addition to undermining democracy, human rights and social development.

Further details

  • The 2022 – edition highlighted how armed conflict fuels corruption and threatens stability;
  • The Report issued alongside the Index points to a direct relationship between corruption and threats to citizen security – as well as a to a direct relationship with the lack of resilience against organized crime;
  • According to analysis made by Transparency International, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the growing threats to global security reinforce the scenario of uncertainty. These effects are aggravated in countries where the government is insecure in tackling corruption.
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