On January 25, 2022, the Transparency International released its indicator of perception of corruption, the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The total of 180 countries and territories were evaluated on a scale from 0, which means the perception of highly corrupt, to 100, which means a perception of integrity. Such countries and territories were assessed on the basis of perceived levels of corruption in the public sector.

According to the report issued by Transparency International, levels of corruption have stagnated across the world for the past two years. Not only that, 131 countries have not made significant progress in the last ten years, and of these, 27 had the lowest score in the CPI assessment in the year of 2021.[1]

Moreover, according to the CPI report, Western Europe and the European Union currently have the best average, compared to the other areas evaluated. Even so, when compared to previous years, there is a stagnation of their score, mainly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to problems regarding accountability in the region and in the world.

The perception of corruption in Brazil has remained at a high level in recent years, currently with a score below the BRICS average (39), the regional average for Latin America and the Caribbean (41) and the world average (43), and even further away from the average of the G20 (54) and OECD (66) countries. Still, the country has the best score since 2017. Although Brazil’s score has not changed in the last year, i.e., scoring 38, the country has lost two positions in the ranking, falling from 94th to 96th.

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[1] These 27 countries are: Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Comoros, Cyprus, Dominica, Swaziland, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sudan of the South, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela.