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The Launch of 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index  

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Integrity platform which is recognized as a National Chapter in Formation (NCiF) for Transparency International conducted a media briefing about the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The media briefing was held at crossroads hotel on Tuesday 29th January, 2019. The overall aim was to officially launch the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index results released by Transparency International with specific objectives of presenting the national global corruption perception scores & ranking and to raise awareness on the seriousness of corruption.

The 2018 CPI reveals that there is a close and direct interconnection between rise in corruption and global democratic trends; thus corruption continues to threaten the performance of democratic institutions. CPI scores ranks from 0 to 100 where 0 is perceived as the country with highest public sector corruption while 100 is for a very clean country. CPI ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption and is based on expert assessments and opinion surveys. There are 180 countries and territories which are assessed by Transparency International and two thirds of these countries have scored below 50 with the average of 43. As for the case of Malawi, it ranked on 122 out of 183 countries and territories with a score of 31 in 2017 and on number 120 with a score of 32 in 2018. This shows that Malawi is amongst the two thirds of the countries scoring below 50 this year. This means that Malawi is stuck and failing to make serious noticeable efforts against corruption. The continued situation of corruption in the country poses a serious threat to democratic institutions as they cannot function as expected within provisions of the law.

At the end of the briefing, recommendations were made on how to stop corruption and strengthen democratic governance. These includes: strengthening the institutions responsible for maintaining checks and balances over political power and ensuring their ability to operate without intimidation, closing the implementation gap between anti-corruption legislation, practice and enforcement, supporting civil society organizations which enhance political engagement and public oversight over government spending particularly at the local level, supporting a free and independent media, ensuring the safety of journalists and their ability to work without intimidation or harassment.

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