The Americas Society and the Council of the Americas and Control Risks have produced a report – “The Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index 2021”. It says that the fight against corruption in Latin America suffered a new wave of setbacks over the past year as, in several countries, the COVID-19 pandemic led governments and citizens to shift their focus to other urgent priorities. In addition, the widely documented erosion of democratic institutions in a number of countries continued, and there was a concerning decline in the efficiency and independence of anti-corruption agencies in almost all countries. This report is the third edition of the Index launched in 2019. It assesses Latin American countries’ ability to detect, punish and prevent corruption. It evaluates and ranks countries based on how effectively they can combat corruption, using 14 variables. Countries with a higher score are deemed more likely to see corrupt actors prosecuted and punished. Continued impunity is more likely in countries at the lower end of the scale. The country with the highest score in the 2021 CCC Index is Uruguay, which scores 7.8 out of 10 (Panama, by contrast, scores only 4.55 out of 10, and Venezuela, unsurprisingly, only 1.4). 5 of the 15 countries measured saw significant declines in their scores, and the 2 largest countries and economies (Brazil and Mexico) experienced some of the sharpest declines.
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