9 August, 2022


Sri Lanka Ranked 83rd In Newly Updated Corruption Perceptions Index

In Sri Lanka, citizen activists in groups and on their own worked hard to drive out the corrupt, sending a strong message that should encourage others to take decisive action in 2016, the Transparency International (TI) said last night.

Maithri Mahinda August 2, 2015According to the 2015 annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption, Sri Lanka has ranked 83rd among 168 countries. This is a marginal improvement on its 85th placed ranking in 2014.

There was a gradual deterioration of the country’s position of corruption perception from 2005 in which year it had been ranked at 78 out of 159 countries. In the 2013 Sri Lanka’s total score has slipped from 40 in 2012 to 37 in 2013. At this score level, Sri Lanka is ranked equivalent, by corruption perception, to Malawi and Morocco which too have scored the same value. Out of 177 countries that have been surveyed, Sri Lanka is ranked at 91 in 2013, a slippage from 79 out of 176 countries in 2012.

We publish below the TI statement in full;

2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in the 2015 edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index than declined.

Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

Yet in places like Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana, citizen activists in groups and on their own worked hard to drive out the corrupt, sending a strong message that should encourage others to take decisive action in 2016.

“Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough.

“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.

Grand corruption is the abuse of high-level power that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and causes serious and widespread harm to individuals and society. It often goes unpunished.

This year Transparency International is calling on all people to take action by voting at unmaskthecorrupt.org. We want to know which cases the public most believe merit urgent attention to send a message that we will take a stand against grand corruption.

Brazil was the biggest decliner in the index, falling 5 points and dropping 7 positions to a rank of 76. The unfolding Petrobras scandal brought people into the streets in 2015 and the start of judicial process may help Brazil stop corruption.

Good news stories on the fight against corruption can be found on our website here about Mongolia, here on Guatemala and here on whistleblowing and include successes from our network of more than 100 chapters.

The index covers perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries.

Denmark took the top spot for the 2nd year running, with North Korea and Somalia the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.

Top performers share key characteristics: high levels of press freedom; access to budget information so the public knows where money comes from and how it is spent; high levels of integrity among people in power; and judiciaries that don’t differentiate between rich and poor, and that are truly independent from other parts of government.

In addition to conflict and war, poor governance, weak public institutions like police and the judiciary, and a lack of independence in the media characterise the lowest ranked countries.

The big decliners in the past 4 years include Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey. The big improvers include Greece, Senegal and UK.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by open government where the public can hold leaders to account, while a poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs.

Click here to read the full report.

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  • 6

    India is 96.

    the most important thing how corrupt the Transparency international in Sri lanka is. I remember, colombo Telegraph had a published some information about corruption by Transparency international group in Sri lanka.

    Anyway, Transparency is a highly biased organization.

    They think, North Korea and Somalia are the last.

  • 4

    It is quite interesting that when a UNP government is in power, this TI index improves and it goes down when there is a Non-UNP government… and mind you this is despite the same level or corruption, nepotism, police brutality, bribery continues… Maybe the title of this index explains it. It is corruption ‘perception’ index… So i guess with all the BS that UNP has been preaching about corruption, these international organisations dont really see the real picture.. its just that their perception has changed by all the rhetoric and fairytales…

  • 3

    This is about corruption perception.
    corruption perception of micro level corruption is always high and perception of corruption at Macro level is low.

    This explains why India is 96 and Sri Lanka is above India at 85.

    India is rampant with micro level corruption at the lower level of the economy, peons, police, traffic cops, clerks at govt offices etc etc

    After the dismantling of license Raj and liberalising the economy the Macro level corruption in India has dwindled.

    Compare that to Sri Lanka. The corruption at the visible micro level is low in Sri Lanka.

    But don’t we all know about the astronomical corruption that is taking place even now on all infrastructure projects

  • 6

    India ranked 76 (not 96) in 2015 and 85 in 2014.
    Modi is cleaning up the place and it shows.

    SL leaders are still talking about it and no action.
    Keep talking for a few more years until this group gets thrown out too.

    I like how the SL judiciary is becoming active and assertive. It was the Indian judiciary that started the war against corruption in India.

    • 2

      indeed India 76 with 7 other countries.
      sorry for the typo.
      That strengths my argument.
      there is a website in India ” I paid bribe today”
      any one who is forced to pay a bribe owns up on the website and name and shame the person who demanded the bribe.

      • 1


        Thanks. Can somebody start one for Sri Lanka too.

        “any one who is forced to pay a bribe owns up “

        Will the Norwegians and Israelis own up?

        • 0


          Thank god you didn’t cut and paste pages and pages from some websites.

          You seems to be owning up.

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