Corruption Perception Index: Top 15 Most Corrupt African Countries

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It is often suggested that Africa ranks higher when it comes to corruption and a recent study has shown a list of corrupt countries and their ranks.

Studies have shown there many corrupt countries in Africa and these countries have made the list of most corrupt countries in the world.

Across African countries, corruption has deprived many people of their basic needs and many go to bed every night without food.

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There has been a growth in the number of populist leaders in the world and studies have shown that corruption and social inequality triggers off populism – where the leaders who govern the people leads with an out-of-reach approach, thereby neglecting a greater part of the population and allowing the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

In the context of Corruption perception Index, the lower-ranked countries, which are termed as the most corrupt countries in the world, are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary.

Even where anti-corruption laws are on the books, in practice they’re often skirted or ignored. People frequently face situations of bribery and extortion, rely on basic services that have been undermined by the misappropriation of funds, and confront official indifference when seeking redress from authorities that are on the take.



This kind of systemic grand corruption violates human rights, prevents sustainable development and fuels social exclusion.

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Higher-ranked countries tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems. But high-scoring countries can’t afford to be complacent, either.

While the most obvious forms of corruption may not scar citizens’ daily lives in all these places, the higher-ranked countries are not immune to closed-door deals, conflicts of interest, illicit finance, and patchy law enforcement that can distort public policy and exacerbate corruption at home and abroad.

The list of most corrupt African countries was adopted from the list released by Transparency International as done every year and there is no corrupt free country in Africa and the world at large but here is the list of Africa’s Top 15 Most Corrupt countries:

Most Corrupt African Countries

You can view the complete list of corrupt countries in the world: Here