Kosovo is ranked 95th among 176 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
Transparency International published on Wednesday the research for the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, ranks a total of 176 countries from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be the least corrupt). According to report Kosovo is with the worst result among Balkan region countries. Kosovo’s score is the worst at 36, closely followed by Macedonia with 37 and both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania at 39. However, Kosovo and Albania improved the most from the previous year’s index, improving by three points each. Based on the report, Kosovo is ranked as 95th at the same level with Argentina, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, and Maldives.
The Transparency International report states that globally, “systemic corruption and social inequality reinforce each other, leading to popular disenchantment with political establishments and providing a fertile ground for the rise of populist politicians”. It said that there was “a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth”.
“In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity,” Jose Ugaz, the chair of Transparency International, said in a statement.