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Brazil drops two positions in the ranking of the Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International

26/01/2022

Summary

On January 25, 2022, Transparency International released the Corruption Perceptions Index (IPC) for 2021, which presents the perception of global market about corruption in the public sector. The IPC ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of corruption, presenting the results on a scale from 0 (most corrupt) to 100 (most clean).

This year IPC reveals that levels of corruption are stagnant across the world. Despite various commitments, 131 countries have not made any significant progress against corruption in the last decade; two-thirds of countries score below 50 and 27 countries achieve the lowest score.

Brazil maintained 2020 – score of 38 points, dropping two positions in the world ranking of corruption. Among the 180 countries analyzed, Brazil now occupies the 96th position in the ranking – the country occupied the 94th position in 2020.

The Brazilian performance was worse that the global average (43 points), the Latin American and Caribbean countries (41 points) and far from nations that make up the G20 (66 points). Transparency International highlights that in 2021, the IPC identifies the link between corruption and human rights abuse: countries perceived as highly corrupt are more likely to reduce their civic and democratic space and violate human rights.

Main conclusion

  • IPC indicates that levels of corruption are stagnant and there are no significant global advances in fighting corruption;
  • Brazil maintains the score of 38 points in relation to 2020, but drops two positions in the ranking from 94th to 96th position, indicating a negative perception of the market;
  • In 2021, the IPC identifies that countries perceived as highly corrupt are more likely to reduce their civic and democratic space and violate human rights.
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