The majority of the world's countries and territories remain under the power of essentially corrupt governments according to the 2011 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.
Despite the illusion of democracy which the world's Governments present, the 2011 report shows we live in a fundamentally inequitable world
Those little specs of yellow amongst the red on the map are glimmers of hope that patterns of exploitation can be broken.
This table, drawn from the 2011 CPI, shows that 5.6 billion human beings live in countries which achieved a 2011 CPI rating of 4.0 or less - a fail in any terms - and hence more than 80% of all people are living under essentially corrupt governments.
“Corruption” is defined by Transparency International (TI) as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Each year TI publishes a “Corruption Perceptions Index” which scores the world's nations out of ten for their public sector honesty and the just-released 2011 report paints a bleak picture. Only six countries scored 9.0 or better, and just 49 of the 186 countries assessed in the report scored better than 5.0. Analysis shows more than 80% of human beings on Planet Earth exist under regimes which score 4.0 or less. December 9 is World Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption hurts everyone - the following article shows what's wrong and where, and what you can do to help make the world a fairer place.
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