KABUL: Transparency International has ranked Afghanistan world’s 4th most corrupt country in the world in its annual Corruption Perceptions Index.
War-hit Syria Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were the top three most corrupt countries with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.
The index also highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, “while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out”.
The index ranks 180 countries of the world by the perception of experts and businesspeople on their public sector corruption.
It scales points from 0 to 100, with 0 points for highly corrupt and 100 very clean.
This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.
Afghanistan has a score of only 15, while Yemen and Sudan have a score of 16 and Libya 17.
Even North Korea fared better with a score of 17.
The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66.