"Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making," Transparency International head Huguette Labelle said. "Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people."
In other significant findings, Egypt fell from 112th last year to 118th place this year with a score of 32 – indicating concerns about the new government are even stronger about two years after the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule.
"This week's events in Cairo amply demonstrate that the endemic political issues that drove people to the streets in Egypt are still valid," Transparency's Middle East and North Africa Director Christophe Wilcke said. "Egypt's score is another reminder to the country's leaders that despite the revolution, they have to fight corruption if they are to win the people's trust and succeed in transitioning to democracy."
The survey, which was first conducted in 1995, draws on a variety of sources that capture perceptions of corruption, including World Bank and World Economic Forum assessments, the African Development Bank's governance ratings, and Transparency International's own Bribe Payers Survey.
Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia were ranked the worst overall on this year's list, all tied with a rating of just eight. Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand were thought of as least corrupt with scores of 90.