Sunday, July 21, 2013

Where is corruption improving?

Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Philippines, Serbia, Taiwan.  

What do these countries have in common? 

They are the only countries where people -- on the whole -- believe that corruption has decreased over the past two years, according to Transparency International's 2013 Global Corruption Perceptions report.  

It is an interesting list, in that there is not much to tie the countries together.  Rwanda, Cambodia, Georgia and the Philippines have experienced very good GDP growth over the past few years.  But GDP fell by 11% in Sudan in 2012 and by 4.5% in 2011.  In South Sudan, GDP supposedly fell by a stunning 55% in 2013.  Meanwhile, Azerbaijan achieved solid, but unspectacular growth over the past two years, and Belgium and Serbia were stagnant.  

These countries range across continents and regions as well.  Rwanda and the Sudans are the only African countries represented.  Belgium is the only OECD country on this list.  No Latin American countries made the list.  

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