Sri Lanka has been ranked at 95 out of 176 counties in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), a survey carried out by Transparency International. Last year Sri Lanka ranked 83 and this year it has come down by 12 slots indicating an increase in corruption.
According to Transparency International poor performance can be attributed to unaccountable governments, lack of oversight, insecurity and shrinking space for civil society, pushing anti-corruption action to the margins in the countries.
Denmark together with New Zealand topped the list with a score of 90 followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively, as the least corrupt countries.
The majority of Asia Pacific countries sit in the bottom half of this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index India ranked 79 being the least corrupt in the South Asian.