Corruption creating humanitarian disaster-watchdog – By Noah Barkin, Reuters

September 23rd, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Corruption in poor countries has created a humanitarian disaster which threatens to derail the global fight against poverty, Transparency International said. (more…)

Corruption in poor countries has created a humanitarian disaster which threatens to derail the global fight against poverty, Transparency International said.

Releasing its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on Tuesday, the anti-corruption watchdog said donor countries should address the problem by carefully targeting aid.

The index ranks 180 countries according to perceived levels of public sector corruption. The CPI scores countries on a zero to 10 scale, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and 10, low levels.

For the second year running, Somalia, Myanmar and Iraq received the poorest marks, with Somalia scoring 1.0 and Myanmar and Iraq scoring 1.3 each.

Denmark defended its ranking as the world’s least corrupt nation, alongside Sweden and New Zealand. All scored 9.3.

Transparency International (TI) chair Huguette Labelle called the high levels of corruption in low-income countries a “humanitarian disaster”.

“Stemming corruption requires strong oversight through parliaments, law enforcement, independent media and a vibrant civil society,” Labelle said in a statement.

“When these institutions are weak, corruption spirals out of control with horrendous consequences for ordinary people, and for justice and equality in societies more broadly.”

The Berlin-based watchdog estimated that unchecked levels of corruption would add $50 billion — or nearly half of annual global aid outlays — to the cost of achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals on combating poverty.

It urged a more focused and coordinated approach by the global donor community to ensure assistance strengthens institutions of governance and oversight in recipient countries.

TI also singled out the performance of some wealthy exporting countries which saw their scores decline from 2007, saying continued evidence of foreign bribery scandals suggested a broader failure by developed nations.

It said statistically significant declines were seen in 2008 in Bulgaria, Burundi, Maldives, Norway and the United Kingdom, which saw its score dip to 7.7 from 8.4.

TI said the UK’s anti-corruption credentials had suffered a setback following the December 2006 decision to discontinue a criminal investigation of British defence firm BAE Systems in relation to a contract in Saudi Arabia.

Significant improvements were seen in Albania, Cyprus, Georgia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Korea, Tonga and Turkey. (For a table of the best and worst ranked countries double-click on [nLN48155] or go to the TI website at (Writing by Noah Barkin; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

  1. Commander Assefa Seifu
    | #1

    Dear Sirs/madames,

    Quite intereested in the matter.
    In fact I had sent proposals to virtually doing away with flood victims both human and animal plus destructiion of properties in Ethiopia by many of her rivers.
    The proposal envisages using these rivers posistively.

    Would like to get in touch with people in your organisation for publicising the proposal.

    Well after I have submited my proposals to the Ethiopian regime German money and Israeli know how is being used for so called ” irrigation ” for the province of the regime and nominally for another.

    My requirement was that an Independent Board to be establish to carry out the duties free of corruption. That is anathema to the regime.

    I had also proposals to minimise the damages of drouoght and utilise so much wealth that is desrtoyed annually for the preservation and building life for victims

  2. bva
  3. mammo
    | #3

    Ethiopia was poor yesterday and as is today. The only difference is Ethiopia under Tigray mafia is not only poor but also corrupt. Ethiopia is paralyzed by “Tigray Lord Syndrome”.

    | #4


    | #5

    Why are you using an Oromo pen name to deceive when you are “Re’esom” for real?
    Mamo did the right thing by putting the fact as it is in deed.
    Do you have any question?

  6. fish
    | #6

    To REGASSA swearing and intolerance is an identity of the primitive tigrees

  7. mammo
    | #7

    Dear Hagos,

    Changing name doesn’t make you Regassa. It is an identity crisis. You cant never hide your evil deeds by borrowing good name, like Regassa.

    | #8

    eritrawi mammo fish tigri will f_k you so deep so hard. you ganna s_K for so long an tigry d_K
    i always bit you all ignorants. now get lost to your dirty car wash or wale fare. i hate to talk with poor and weak guys like you nonsenss.

  9. biniam
    | #9

    Since the early time there bandit ‘shefta’ regional tigire king Johannes deceived Ethiopia, and now his fellow bloody son Meles.I am afraid to say whether this behaviors hereditary or not God bless Ethiopia.

    | #10

    RE’SOM not REGASSA, listen:
    1)Car washing and hard working in order to earn your life necessities and helping your impoverished people thanks to your dictatorial regime is not a crime.

    2)Becoming millionaires in a very short time, when you recently didn’t own even proper clothing, but became wealthy by day light looting the entire nation, selling a country slaughtering people and raping is a serious crime which takes you to the international criminal court at HAGUE.

    3) When you talk about Tigrai don’t include the people, because the perpetrators of atrocity are finger counted people. The people of Tigray are also hand cuffed by tyranny as the rest of the Ethiopian people. What your brutal regime is doing is buying enemies for the Tigray people. Look you are trying the Tigrayan brothers and sisters of ours to be hated as people, from the north by their cousin Eritreans, in the south by all Ethiopians, as the countries entire income is looted and taken to Tigray (by the way the motto in Ethiopia now is “Tigray esketlema yetekerew yidma”), and also by Somalians as thousands have been murdered and millions were forced to leave their countries. By the way it was good if they singled out the real terrorist, but the innocent Somalians were the victims and also “Ethiopian soldiers”. All these deeds have Negative impact for the future to all Ethiopians in general and TIRAYAN brothers and sisters of ours (excluding TPLF) in particular. It is difficult to whip out terrorists when one is the worst terrorist by himself.

    3) Ask that “Eritrawi” in this discussion, didn’t he say he had an independent country? What then is he doing in this Ethiopian web site? OK I got the point, can’t he live without his mother Ethiopi. Thank you Abugidawoch for not deleting our Eritawi brother, as he felt to be an orphan and also for the nice Ethiopian calendar I got from you for our New Year!

    Did I miss something “REGASSA”? Sorry I mean “Re’som”.

    Ethiopia forever!

  11. fish
    | #11

    To reggasa again you have proved my point you primitives now stealing ,swearing and bandism that is u r identity but the time is coming to cry as you used to be. dawn with the savage tigrees

  12. mammo
    | #12


    Eritreans are the ones who know you better and treat what you deserve. We all are Eritreans in exposing of evil actions. But you are in denial and you don’t get it.

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