KATHMANDU: Nepal is one of the most corrupt countries in South Asia, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 published by the Transparency International on Tuesday.
With 2.2 scores, Nepal has fell three positions down this year and stood 146th among 180 countries. Last year, Nepal was on the 143rd rank.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The 2010 CPI is based on 13 independent surveys. However, not all surveys include all countries, according to the TI.
Afghanistan is the most corrupt South Asian country.
The TI suggested that the decline in Nepal’s scores owes to the weak anti-corruption mechanism, volatile political situation and instable government.
TI has been publishing an annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) since 1995. It defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
The CPI places the countries as per the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. A higher score means less (perceived) corruption and the vice versa.
Somalia that befalls on the 178th position is the most corrupt country with 1.1 scores, while Denmark stands clean with 9.3 scores and securing first position.
Download: 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index report