Kuwait kinda not corrupt

Posted by Mark

The 2011 Corruption Perception Index is out and although Kuwait does poorly compared to our GCC neighbors, overall we’re not that bad when compared to the rest of the world. Kuwait ranked 54 out of 182 countries in the 2011 Corruption Perception Index with New Zealand being the least corrupt coming in 1st place while Somalia is the most corrupt landing at the bottom of the list at 182. Here is our ranking compared to our neighbors (the higher the less corrupt):

1- Qatar
2- United Arab Emirates
3- Bahrain
4- Oman
5- Kuwait
6- Saudi Arabia

You can check out the full results [Here]


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  1. Bader alramadan says:

    On the bright side,it’s two digit rank so yhea not that bad

  2. James says:

    How do you possibly measure this type of thing?

    • Baqdonis says:

      And yet you have people who take such results for granted just like they do with credit ratings which turned out to be all BS

  3. djellibaby says:

    I think with any measure of corruption you’re going to have to figure out about all the ‘hidden’ bits. Kuwait is probably a lot worse than they think. then again so is every place really

  4. gunsmoke says:

    You are wrong. Greenland appears the least corrupt.

  5. daily says:

    Corruption ‘perception’ index…..sounds like a load of old politically correct faff to me…..”I perceive you to be corrupt……but I don’t want to actually SAY you are corrupt….just in case you might attack me financially….”.
    Who came up with this twaddle anyway- some useless ‘think’ tank? ((Googles madly))-aha! Begun by the former regional director of the World bank- no doubt sitting back now and enjoying a (not very modest) pension, earned in a completely non corrupt fashion.

  6. Desert Girl says:

    Still kinda corrupt though, huh?

    Hard to quantify. Who paid off who to get a lower ranking? ;)

  7. Randy says:

    so its a measure of perception .. not actual corruption … which would justify why Kuwait ranks so high on the list … if one could actually quantify instances of corruption then I believe Kuwait would rank in the bottom 25 percentile

    • aaa says:

      Take a look at the countries below Kuwait, they’re pretty clearly more corrupt. Especially any former Soviet Bloc, anything in North Africa like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, and anywhere with extreme poverty and income inequality.

  8. aaa says:

    Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 Transparency International the global coalition against corruption Bribe Payers IndexHomeResultsInteractiveIn DetailDiscussPressIPhoneYou are currently – HomeIn Detail
    What is the Corruption Perceptions Index?

    The CPI ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, a combination of polls, drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in the countries/territories evaluated.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Corruption Perceptions Index

    1.What is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?
    2.Which countries/territories are included in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?
    3.What is corruption and how does the CPI measure it?
    4.Why is the CPI based only on perceptions?
    5.What are the data sources for the CPI?
    6.Can country/territory scores in the 2011 CPI be compared to those in past indices?
    7.Why are countries/territories removed from the index, and why are new countries/territories added?
    8.What is the difference between a country/territory’s rank and its score?
    9.Is the country/territory with the lowest score the world’s most corrupt nation?
    10.What other research does TI produce to analyse corruption?

    1. What is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?
    The CPI ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. It is a composite index, a combination of polls, drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in the countries/territories evaluated.

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    2. Which countries/territories are included in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?
    For a country/territory to be included in the ranking it must be included in a minimum of three of the CPI’s data sources. Thus, inclusion in the index is not an indication of the existence of corruption but rather dependent solely on the availability of sufficient information.

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    3. What is corruption and how does the CPI measure it?
    Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This is the working definition used by Transparency International (TI), applying to both the public and private sectors. The CPI focuses on corruption in the public sector, or corruption which involves public officials, civil servants or politicians. The data sources used to compile the index include questions relating to the abuse of public power and focus on: bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and on questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in the public sector. As such, it covers both the administrative and political aspects of corruption. In producing the index, the scores of countries/territories for the specific corruption-related questions in the data sources are combined to calculate a single score for each country.

    Pretty clear what they mean here. Kuwait has a lot of this but in places like Russia, India, Italy, China it’s way way way worse despite them having powerful up and coming economies.

  9. AA says:

    Interesting, you put Kuwait at 5th place on this list and Kuwait also is 5th place in the most obese nations in the world. So much to be proud of, ha, Kuwait#$##

  10. daily says:

    @AA so is there a correlation between obesity and perceived corruption…….:)

  11. PFunk says:

    KSA is the most corrupt GCC country lol why am i not surprised.

  12. shwjkfh says:

    Ba7rain less corrupt than Kuwait? Yeah. THAT alone tells me this is a load of bullshit.


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