Which countries in Latin America are best prepared to fight corruption? How are governments, media, civil society, and the private sector fostering—or standing in the way of—a cleaner business environment?
To help answer these questions, AS/COA and the risk consulting firm Control Risks are launching the Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index, a new tool assessing Latin America’s ability to uncover, punish, and deter corruption.
Rather than measuring perceived levels of corruption, the CCC Index evaluates and ranks countries based on how effectively they are able to combat corruption. Countries with a higher score are deemed more likely to see corrupt actors prosecuted and punished.
The ranking is:
- Chile (6.66 out of 10)
- Brazil (6.14)
- Colombia (5.36)
- Argentina (5.33)
- Peru (5.17)
- Mexico (4.65)
- Guatemala (4.55)
- Venezuela (1.71)
The CCC Index looks at 14 key variables, including the independence of judicial institutions, the strength of investigative journalism, and the level of resources available for combating white-collar crime. These variables are divided in three sub-categories: legal capacity; democracy and political institutions; and civil society, media, and the private sector. Countries’ overall scores are a weighted aggregate of these three sub-categories.
The index relies on extensive data and on a proprietary survey conducted among leading anti-corruption experts from Control Risks, academia, civil society, media, and the private sector.
AS/COA’s Anti-Corruption Working Group (AWG) is an action-oriented network focused on producing concrete results and contributing to the reduction of corruption in Latin America. The AWG navigates Latin America’s evolving anti-corruption movement by convening the region’s top corruption fighters and corporate leaders who are determined to see the historic crackdown on graft continue.
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