Indicator 94. Perception of public sector corruption

Rationale and definition:

Public sector corruption is a barrier to development and diverts resources away from poverty-eradication efforts and sustainable development. Corruption is difficult to measure since objective data tends to be highly incomplete and difficult to compare. Transparency International is a global civil society organization that works to fight corruption and has developed the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).1 The CPI ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector (administrative and political) is perceived to be. It is a composite perception-based index drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in the countries and territories evaluated. Transparency International publishes annual reports covering 177 countries with some 20 years of historic data.


Opportunities for disaggregation to be reviewed.

Comments and limitations:

To be reviewed.

Preliminary assessment of current data availability by Friends of the Chair:


Primary data source:

International monitoring.

Potential lead agency or agencies:

Transparency International.

  1. See TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index website.