The Gambia has been ranked among the most corrupt states in the world, according to the latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

The country scored 34 out of 100 and ranked 110th out of 180 countries 

Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perception Index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector and government corruption, according to expert assessments and opinion survey of businesspersons, amongst others. 

This year’s index grades and ranks 180 countries and territories across the world.

The Berlin-based organisation, one of the world’s most influential think tanks founded in 1993 by former employees of the World Bank, published its annual corruption index to highlight global corruption and help to prevent criminal activities emerging from corruption.

“Corruption has made our world a more dangerous place. As governments have collectively failed to make progress against it; they fueled the current rise in violence and conflict – and endanger people everywhere,” said Delia Ferreira Rubio, Transparency International’s chairperson.

“The only way out is for states to do the hard work, rooting out corruption at all levels to ensure governments work for all people, not just an elite few.”

The Gambia has performed poorly over the years in the corruption rankings. 

It scored 37 out of 100 and ranked 102 in 2020 and maintained the same figure in both score and rank in 2021, sharing the position with Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka.

It is lagging behind neighbouring Senegal, who scored 43 out of 100 and ranked the 72nd country. 

However, The Gambia has outperformed in the index countries such as Ukraine, Kenya, Algeria, Angola, Niger, Togo, Egypt, Mali Russia, Nigeria, North Korea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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