In recent years, the perception of corruption in the world has remained unchanged. The Scandinavian nations continue to lead as those where there is almost no corruption, while in Latin America only Uruguay (which surpasses countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, France and the United States) and Chile maintain a good score in this regard. In general, societies have the same intuition of their governments, despite the ideological turns that have taken place.
The novelty of the 2022 Corruption Perception Index, published yesterday by Transparency International, is that the level that corruption has reached in Latin America and the absence of effective policies to combat it favor criminal networks and exacerbate violence in the region. , sums it up this way “Lack of audacity, decisive action to combat corruption and strengthen public institutions, is fueling the activities of organized crime, and other sources of violence. It is also undermining democracy, human rights and development.”
The German NGO
Among the 180 nations evaluated by the German NGO, it is evident that the strategies and policies aimed at attacking corruption are not giving results, on the contrary, there is stagnation and even setbacks. In 124 countries the perception of corruption remained the same. For the fourth consecutive year, the Latin American region scored an average of 43 on a scale between zero (very corrupt) and one hundred (very clean); Unfortunately, Mexico’s position during the past year (31) remains the same as in 2020 and 2021, reaching the same rating as Bolivia, a challenge yet to be faced.
Perhaps because it does not observe progress, Transparency International issues the same recommendations to our country as to take advantage of the potential represented by the National Anti-Corruption System. Like any similar report, this anti-corruption index may present subjective elements, although it is a good point of reference for our position in the world. Only one of 180 nations reaches the degree of very clean (Denmark), on the contrary, territories of Africa and Latin America exhibit a clear weakness in this regard. As can be seen, the problem is not only in Mexico, but global in nature.
The alliance between congress, society, universities and non-governmental organizations is necessary to advance a comprehensive agenda to combat corruption, taking into account that this cancer deepens inequality, increases violence and encourages impunity in the absence of punishment and sanctions. . Today more than ever it becomes a priority.
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