Nicaragua ranks 127 in corruption index

What does Nicaragua have in common with Pakistan, Russia, Madagascar, Mali, Lebanon and Azerbaijan?

Give up? They’re all tied for 127th place in Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index, which uses a combination of surveys to measure perceptions of public sector corruption in 177 countries.

Nicaragua this year dropped one point from last year to score a 28 out of 100 on the corruption perception index––a global scale where 0 being totally corrupt and 100 totally transparent. Nicaragua’s failing grade puts the country in dubious company and ranks it among the most corrupt in the hemisphere, trailed only by Guyana, Honduras, Paraguay, Haiti and Venezuela.

Rounding out Central America, Guatemala ranks 123, Panama comes in at 102, El Salvador 83, and Costa Rica at 49 on the global index. Uruguay is perceived as the most transparent country in Latin America, ranking 19th on the global index in a tie with the United States with 73 points. Sixty-six percent of Latin American countries scored below 50 points.

Globally, Denmark and New Zealand topped list with scores of 91 out of 100. At the other end are Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan, which each scored 8 points.

Corruption Perception Index for the Americas

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    • John Perry

      Well these things are highly subjective aren’t they? Canada for example exports its corruption through the Canadian mining companies that buy their way into concessions all over Latin America. In the US, corruption has become part of the constitution (supposedly), now that corporations can freely pour money into the pockets of members of Congress. Is Nicaragua squeeky clean? – of course not. But now it’s worse than Mexico? Oh come on! Tim, you say you want to change Nicaragua’s image, couldn’t you start by making one or two comments along these lines in response to this sort of news item?

      • Tim Rogers

        Hi John, yes this measures the perception of corruption, which is subjective. But there is a methodology to the CPI– they use surveys and assessments from a variety of different institutions and lending organizations. Seven such reports were used to determine Nicaragua’s place on the index this year. While perception of corruption is arguably different than the presence of corruption, I would argue that there is more correlation here than in lists informing us of the “Top 10 best beaches” or “50 greatest retirement destinations.” Is Nicaragua worse than Mexico? I personally find that hard to believe, but that’s my perception.