Jordan Ranks First Among Arab Countries in Anti-Corruption Efforts


Jordan ranked first among Arab countries and 57th worldwide in anti-corruption efforts, based on official data by the 2021 Global Corruption Index (GCI) published by the Global Risk Profile (GRP).

The fourth edition of the GCI covers 196 countries and territories around the world providing a comprehensive overview of different corruption levels based on 43 variables. Scores are given on a zero to 100 scale, whereby zero represents no risk and 100 to maximum risk.

The GCI consists of two sub-indexes: corruption and white collar crime. Jordan ranked the highest in the region in the corruption sub-index scoring 38.04. In the white collar crime sub-index, Jordan got a medium risk score.

The study is enriched with data on banking secrecy, sanctions, international cooperation and beneficial ownership transparency.

The 2021 GCI was based on data collected after the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though a causal effect cannot be inferred, the health crisis coincided with a higher perception of corruption and overall decline in government effectiveness over the past two years.

Globally, Finland ranked first, followed by Norway, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden. As for the region Qatar came second in terms of anti-corruption efforts, followed by Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: 2021 Global Corruption Index (GCI)

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