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Can Africa beat corruption?
Somalia is at 180 out of 180. Six of the 10 worst offenders are African states. The best placed African country, Botswana, is at 36 (up from 38 last year).
There are some bright spots in Africa. Nigeria jumped 26 places higher to 121 on the list – not bad for a country that ranked bottom in 2000. Mauritius rose 12 places to 41.
Lest anyone celebrate too soon in Africa’s most populous nation, however, Transparency International added a warning.
“Nigeria’s reputation as seriously committed to transparency and accountability, is dependent on the resolve of political leaders to back anti-corruption pledges with concrete action, including ensuring the independence of anti-corruption agencies,” it said.
The sacking late last year of the head of Nigeria’s corruption fighting body, who had won praise for tough action at home and abroad, has raised doubts over the commitment of the administration elected last year.
Transparency International also pointed to some countries where the picture appears to have grown worse – among them continental giant South Africa, Senegal and Uganda.
How well do you think African countries are doing in the fight against corruption? Who should be doing more? Is it a battle that can be won?