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THE STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT SERIES

Status of Corruption in East Africa

Corruption remains a deeply rooted thorn in the collective flesh of the region. Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index is a lightning rod, galvanizing conversations around corruption – with governments defending their performance against spirited critique by citizen watchdog and civil society groups.

Perception of Corruption

 

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption. As the chart shows, Rwanda is well ahead of the curve in being perceived as being much cleaner than its regional neighbours. In 2012, Rwanda scored the highest points in the corruption perception index (CPI) with 5.3, the highest in the region and the highest for the country in four years.