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Botswana still among the least corrupt with improved score a ...
Botswana still among the least corrupt with improved score and ranking

Transparency International (TI) formally released its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on Thursday in Berlin. For the 16th year in a row, Botswana was cited as being the least corrupt country in Africa, as well as among the least corrupt countries in the world.
This Office is especially pleased to note that our country’s overall score and ranking have significantly improved in this year’s survey. Botswana was ranked 32 out of 183 countries included in the 2011 survey, up four places from last year and eight places since 2009.
Our country overall score this year was 6.1, up from last year’s 5.8 and the 2009 score of 5.4.
Botswana's standing thus placed it well within in the top 20% of all surveyed nations, as well as above over half of the nations of Europe.
In Africa, Botswana was one of only four countries to score above five, being trailed by Cape Verde (5.5), Mauritius (5.1) and Rwanda (5.0).
Of the 53 African countries included in the 2011 survey 37 scored 3 or below, which according to a TI is indicative of high levels of perceived corruption.
TI is the leading international non-governmental organisation devoted to fighting corruption worldwide. It annual CPI index reflects the perceptions of business people, academics and risk analysts, both resident and non-resident. It is, moreover, a composite index, drawing on a range of additional expert and business surveys.
Botswana's relative success in the annual survey over the years has been attributed to the countries putting into place multiple safeguards, including the establishment of such institutions as the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) and the Ombudsman, as well as its constitutionally entrenched provisions for independent oversight by the Auditor General, Parliament and the Judiciary.