The Maldives has experienced a slight dip in its standing on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by Transparency International, reflecting the perceived level of corruption in the public sector. According to information released today by Transparency International, the Maldives scored 39 points in the corruption index for the previous year, marking a decrease of one point compared to the preceding two years. Notably, the Maldives achieved its highest CPI score in 2020 with 43 points, followed by 40 points in both 2021 and 2022.
With a CPI score of 39 in 2023, the Maldives finds itself among the two-thirds of countries scoring below 50 on the index. Published annually, the CPI offers insights into a country’s perceived corruption levels, ranking them on a scale from zero to 100, where zero represents the most corrupt and 100 signifies a very clean system.
The CPI score is derived from expert assessments and opinion surveys gauging public perception of corruption. In the case of the Maldives, the score was collated from assessments conducted by Global Insight Country Risk Ratings, Varieties of Democracy Project, and World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA).
Among 180 countries ranked by the CPI, the Maldives secured a position at 93rd place with a score of 39. Notably, neighboring India, along with east-central Asian countries Kazakhstan and Lesotho, also shared the 93rd rank in the index. The results underscore the ongoing challenge of combating corruption and maintaining transparency in the Maldivian public sector.