In the most recent study of "Transparency International"

The UAE leads the region in the transparency and integrity index for the seventh year in a row

For the seventh year, the UAE maintained its leadership in the Middle East and North Africa region on the Corruption Perceptions Index.


For the seventh year in a row, the UAE has maintained the lead in the Middle East and North Africa region on the Corruption Perceptions Index, which is annually issued by Transparency International, a German non-governmental and non-profit organization concerned with combating corruption. It monitors the most transparent, fair and least corrupt countries in the world.

Most countries in the world are still unable to fight corruption, and 95% of countries have not made any significant progress since 2017, according to a study conducted by Transparency International, which specializes in combating graft, yesterday.

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2022, issued by Transparency International, which measures the extent of corruption in the public sector according to experts and businessmen, concluded that corrupt governments lack the ability to protect the people, while public discontent there is likely to turn into violence.

"Corruption has made our world a more dangerous place," said Delia Ferreira Rubio, president of Transparency International.

"As governments collectively fail to make progress in fighting corruption, they are fueling the current rise in violence and conflict, and endangering people everywhere," she added.

The report also stated that "the only way out of this situation is for states to make a hard effort, rooting out corruption at all levels, to ensure that governments work for the benefit of all individuals, not just the elite few."

The report ranks countries on a scale from zero, which means "extreme corruption," to 100 points, which is a measure of "extreme integrity."

Denmark is the least country in the world in terms of corruption this year, with a score of 90, followed by Finland and New Zealand.

The report stated that respect for human rights makes these countries "one of the most peaceful countries in the world."

However, while the report shows that Western European countries have the highest scores, some of their countries recorded a "worrying decline".

The UK fell five spots to a score of 73, its lowest score ever.

The report said that a number of scandals related to public spending, as well as revelations of ministerial misconduct, had highlighted the unfortunate shortcomings of the "country's political integrity systems" and that public trust in politicians was alarmingly low.

Countries such as Switzerland, which scored 82, and the Netherlands, which scored 80, are showing signs of decline amid concerns about poor integrity and the strength of lobbyists, although their scores are still high compared to the rest of the world.

And in Eastern Europe, corruption remains endemic, with many countries in the region at all-time lows.

The report highlighted Russia in particular, saying it is a stark example of the impact of corruption on peace and stability.

The report also stated that the Russia-Ukraine war nearly a year ago was "a stark reminder of the threat posed by corruption and the lack of government accountability for global peace and security."

The report added that the corrupt in Russia, which got 28 points, made huge fortunes by pledging loyalty to President Vladimir Putin, in exchange for lucrative government contracts, and in order to protect their economic interests.

The report concluded that "the absence of any checks on Putin's power allowed him to continue his geopolitical ambitions with impunity," adding that "the Ukraine war destabilized the European continent, threatened democracy, and caused tens of thousands of deaths."

The report ranks countries on a scale from zero, which means “extreme corruption,” to 100 points, which is a measure of “extreme integrity.”

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