Latin America's Anti-Corruption Efforts: A 2022 Overview

The authors of the 2022 CCC Index summarized its findings with a focus on the cases of Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.


  • Geert Aalbers, Partner, Control Risks
  • Mário Braga, Senior Analyst, Control Risks 
  • Alejandra Soto, Associate Director, Control Risks 
  • Alan Zamayoa, Analyst, Control Risks
  • Brian Winter, Vice President for Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas 

“The overall picture is of a Latin America and the Caribbean where issues like inflation and the continued recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic have clearly pushed anti-corruption efforts to a second-tier issue in some countries,” said Brian Winter of AS/COA in an event to launch the 2022 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index, the fourth edition of this AS/COA and Control Risks publication.

Geert Aalbers of Control Risks noted that after several years of regression, Latin America and the Caribbean is experiencing a ”certain degree of stability or, depending on your perspective, stagnation." He noted declines in the scores of Guatemala, Brazil, and Mexico, while praising the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, and Chile for improving their scores.

“In Mexico, we have heavy anti-corruption rhetoric from the president, but this year’s index—and the downward trend for the past three years—shows that this rhetoric has not translated into an actual better capacity to combat corruption in the country,” said Alejandra Soto of Control Risks. She pointed to the executive branch’s efforts to meddle in both judicial and legislative actions as one reason for the decline. Mário Braga of Control Risks noted a similar trend in Brazil and added that a lack of transparency in Congress is fostering corrupt practices.  

On the other hand, the Dominican Republic is a rising star in the index. Alan Zamayoa of Control Risks highlighted efforts within the country to stop influence-peddling in contracts, legislation, and appointments.