The 2022 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) shows that the situation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is very bad because most countries, including Ghana, have not been able to make progress against corruption.
According to Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the countries with the highest scores in the region are the Seychelles (70), Cabo Verde (60), Botswana (60), and Rwanda (51), while the countries with the lowest scores are Burundi (17), Equatorial Guinea (17), South Sudan (13) and Somalia (12).(TI).
According to the findings of the 2022 CPI, regarding trends, it was found that, between the years of 2012 and 2022, 25 nations had considerable improvements in their rankings.
Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Seychelles, and Tanzania all had considerable gains in their ratings, and the SSA region recorded the largest proportion of nations that did so, with 28% of them out of a total of 25.
On the other hand, 31 nations saw major drops in their rankings compared to 2012 levels. Lesotho, Liberia, and Mali are the three nations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that have experienced major drops in their ratings. This accounts for 10% of the total number of countries.
With a score of 43, Ghana scored eighth out of the 49 nations in sub-Saharan Africa that were included in the assessment. Benin (43), Senegal (43), and South Africa also had scores of 43.
For the third year in a row, Ghana received a score of 43 out of a possible 100 points for cleanliness and ranked 72 out of the 180 nations and territories that were included in the study. This score suggests that the country has not made significant progress in its battle against corruption.
Corruption is a major contributor to the country’s current economic woes, as evidenced by several reports, including the Auditor General’s report on the Government of Ghana’s COVID-19 expenditure.
Therefore, addressing the problem of corruption is more important now than it has ever been. This is because corruption is a major contributor to the country’s current economic woes.
The issues of security, violence, and corruption are the primary concerns of this year’s index. The current chairwoman of Transparency International, Delia Ferreira Rubio, is quoted as saying that corruption has made the globe a more dangerous place.
Because governments as a whole have been unable to succeed against it, it has contributed to the recent uptick in acts of violence and war, putting people all over the world in peril.
The only way out of this mess is for individual states to put in the effort required to eradicate corruption at every level of government and make sure that their systems serve the whole populace and not just a select few.