Nepal is ranked 110 out of 180 nations on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in 2022, a position unchanged from the previous year, according to a report released on Tuesday by Transparency International.
The CPI, which assesses how corrupt a country's public sector is viewed by its experts and businesses, use a scale ranging from 0 to 100, where 0 represents extremely corrupt and 100 represents extremely clean.
Although Nepal has moved up seven places, the change is negligible – from 33 to 34.
Transparency International Nepal's President Pamidyani Pradhanang said: “Nepal is ranked 117th with 33 points, with an improvement of 1 point, but it cannot be said that corruption has been reduced.
“Nepal is in the category of countries where corruption is rampant.”
India's score of 40 remained unchanged at 85th place, Sri Lanka's dropped from 37 to 36 at 101st, Pakistan dropped from 28 to 27 to remain unchanged at 140th and Bangladesh's dropped from 26 to 25 at 147th.
The 2022 edition of the CPI ranked 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, drawing on 13 expert assessments and surveys of business executives.
The scores reflect the views of experts and business people.
Denmark topped the index this year, with 90 points, followed by Finland and New Zealand with 87 points each. Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan are at the bottom of the chart, with 12, 13, and 13 points, respectively.
In his message, Chief Executive Officer of TI Daniel Eriksson said leaders could fight corruption and promote peace all at once.
“Governments must open up space to include the public in decision-making — from activists and business owners to marginalised communities and young people.”
He expressed belief that in democratic societies, people could raise their voices to help root out corruption and demand a safer world for us all.