Weekly Report - 27 January 2022 (WR-22-04)

Corruption and threats to democracy menace Latin America

There is nothing quite like the release of the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) by the Berlin-based NGO Transparency International (TI) to engender debate among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. Although the influence of the report, conceived in 1995, has been on the wane in recent years amid the rise of populist authoritarian governments in Latin America that feel no compunction in ignoring its findings, it remains a good starting point for analysing the progress, or more often than not the lack of progress, in combating corruption under successive governments. This year’s report was not uniformly negative, but it did highlight some disturbing developments, particularly in Central America, while Venezuela plumbed new depths in the global league table.

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