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2010 Corruption Perceptions Index

CPI 2010On 26 October 2010 Transparency International released its 15th annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI is a measure of domestic, public sector corruption defined by Transparency International as "the abuse of entrusted power for private gain."

According to a Transparency International press release, the "2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale of from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious corruption problem."

The scoring system combines data gathered by surveying business leaders with the results of analysis by several independent and reliable institutions. The 2010 results are drawn from 13 surveys and assessments published between January 2009 and September 2010. Since the CPI is an aggregate indicator, it is possible to compare corruption among nations.

Transparency International recommends greater government commitment to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability. As part of that effort, it advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

The results of the 2010 CPI can be found under, www.transparency.org/cpi2010/results.

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