Transparency International (TI) ranks Tajikistan 150th among 180 nations in terms of corruption level.  

Tajikistan’s score of 25/100 puts it between Iran (25) and Central African Republic (24).  

The Berlin-based corruption watchdog published its 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on January 25. 

Together with Turkmenistan (19) and Kyrgyzstan (27), Tajikistan is among the lowest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a region where the average score holds at a “very low” 36.

Two other Central Asia’s countries Kazakhstan (32) and Uzbekistan (28) rank 102nd and 140th respectively. 

Somalia (13), Syria (13), and South Sudan (11) remain at the bottom of the index. The top countries are Denmark (88), Finland (88), and New Zealand (88), followed by Singapore and seven Western and Northern European countries.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public-sector corruption using data from 13 external sources, including the World Bank, World Economic Forum, consulting companies, and think tanks.  The lower the number on its 0-100 scale, the more corrupt a country is perceived to be.

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that corruption levels are at a worldwide standstill.

This year, the global average reportedly remains unchanged for the tenth year in a row, at just 43 out of a possible 100 points.  Despite multiple commitments, 131 countries have made no significant progress against corruption in the last decade.  Two-thirds of countries score below 50, indicating that they have serious corruption problems, while 27 countries are at their lowest score ever.