Pakistan is less corrupt than last year. This is good news. What’s the bad news?

The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Report is released today.

First, the bad news:

Not one of the 168 countries assessed in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index is corruption-free.

No country is corruption-free

See also: Fighting corruption won’t end poverty; a capable state will

Now, the good news:

Pakistan is the only country among the five Saarc nations that improved its CPI rank and score this year (9-point improvement in rank and one-point increase in score).

The other four countries scored the same or less points as compared to the score in CPI 2014.

Pakistan in 2014: CPI rank: 126 | CPI score: 29

Pakistan in 2015: CPI rank: 117 | CPI score: 30

Lower rank = Less corrupt | Higher score = Cleaner from corruption

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Pakistan ranks 5th in terrorism-affected countries list

Pakistan 10th most fragile country

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Pakistan, Afghanistan only two remaining polio endemic countries

Pakistan #106 in Good Country Index

91% Pakistanis have access to drinking water: Unicef/WHO

Pakistan 65th most vulnerable country to face climate change

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Pakistan corruption ranking 2015 map

Pakistan: The brighter side:

Forbes calls Pakistan the next Colombia success story, asks US to see beyond security lens

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pick up pace

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Ground breaking of $7.6B TAPI gas pipeline in Turkmenistan

Bloomberg on Pakistan’s economic revival, construction boom

Next year, Pakistan may upgrade to emerging-market status: WSJ

Naya Pakistan: Travel from Pindi to Islamabad in 20¢ in wifi-ed AC bus

Rs 165B Orange Line Metro Train approved for Lahore

Green Line train from Islamabad to Karachi with free wifi

Rs15B Green Line metro bus project for Karachi announced

No ordinary day as international cricket returns to Pakistan

Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

Pakistan is enjoying a rare period of optimism: The Economist

Pakistan world’s least expensive country: WB

Pakistan 6th most populous country now and in 2050

Full, in-depth report on last year’s Pakistan ranking and previous years’ scores here:

Good! Pakistan no more among the most corrupt in the world

Pakistan_corruptionranking 2015

We are better off than these comparison countries (see above):

Russia 119

Iran 130

Nigeria 136

Bangladesh 139

Afghanistan 166

We are worse than these comparison countries (see above and below):

Indonesia 88

Egypt 88

Sri Lanka 83

China 83

India 76

Turkey 66

Saudi Arabia 48

UAE 23

Qatar 22


Denmark with a score of 91 is the world’s cleanest country. North Korea and Somalia with a score of 8 are the world’s most corrupt countries.


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  1. Pakistan has covered a lot of ground since 1995 when it was labelled as the second most corrupt country in the world to its staus as a 52nd most corrupt- still not a very good ranking,yet far better than it was in mid 1990s. Based on my 4 years experience as a member of the team which successfully prosecuted high-profile corruption cases in Pakistan during 1997-99, I will suggest the following guidelines for creating an effective anti-corruption strategy for any country;
    1. Framing of comprehensive legal/regulatory framework for anti-corruption for which you can get assistance from any donor agency. You do not have to reinvent the wheel; any good legislation already in force anywhere in the world can be adapted and enforced with suitable modifications (Pakistan’s NAB Ordinance) can be one good model).
    2. Creation of institutional arrangements to implement the legislation approved. Again, you do not have to be entirely innovative. In the rapidly globalizing world of today you can find extremely useful and effective models from across the globe. Leave it to the consultants to do the research
    3. Manning the institutions with honest and dedicated staff. Despite all the misgivings people have about the critical shortage of this crucial element for successful implementation of an effective and across the board accountability in a developing country, I am confident we can find dedicated and hardworking people with impeccable integrity to run these institutions.
    4. Launching of an awareness campaign to enlist the support of the people in general and the opinion makers in particular forthe successful implementation of the above. Here the civil society organisations and media can play a very crucial role. We will have to target the religious leaders and scholars in this real Jihad.
    5. Political commitment at the highest level Last but not the least and probably the most difficult element for successful and sustainable implementation is the political commitment at the highest level. If it is there, even rudimentary legal framework and institutional structure can work wonders; if not, even the best of the above would not deliver.

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