Want to know which are the top corrupt countries / governments in the world? While corruption can be found in just about every country, it is more widespread in some than others. We looked through a list of countries from failed states to emerging democracies to present you with the list of 25 most corrupt countries in the world.
Disclaimer: this list is based on Transparency International’s annual rankings for 2014. While most of these countries are undergoing civil unrest and political instability, the unifying factor here is widespread political and economic corruption.
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Following nearly 30 years of dictatorship, Paraguay descended into factional power struggles and political instability. Since then it has become a center for drug smuggling, money laundering, and organized crime. Although civil war and violence are not as prevalent as on the rest of this list, poverty and corruption are rife.
Republic of the Congo
Following decades of civil war, the economic situation has improved slightly but most of the population still live in poverty, civil unrest is still an issue, and rule of law has yet to take hold.
Almost immediately following independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Tajikistan was engulfed in civil war. Although the conflict has ended, the economy has not picked up and poverty is widespread.
Inadequate infrastructure, poverty, a refugee crisis, and civil unrest have defined much of the country’s struggle for the past few decades.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
After being at the center of what some have called Africa’s World War (Second Congo War), the world’s bloodiest conflict since the end of World War II, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered from turmoil, poverty, and a vast number of humanitarian crises.