Dominica 41 globally in perceived levels of corruption

Caribbean ranking of perceived corruption by Transparency International

Dominica has been ranked 9th in the region and 41st in the world in perceived levels of corruption according to a report released Wednesday by Transparency International.

The annual report gives countries higher scores for lower levels of perceived public sector corruption.

Dominica’s score was 58 with a global ranking of 41, as opposed to the global ranking of 44 in 2011.

The index score goes from 0, meaning a country is perceived as highly corrupt, to 100, meaning it is perceived as very clean.

“Looking at the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012, it’s clear that corruption is a major threat facing humanity,” Transparency International wrote in a release. “Corruption destroys lives and communities, and undermines countries and institutions. It generates popular anger that threatens to further destabilize societies and exacerbate violent conflicts.”

The report reveals that Barbados has the lowest level of corruption in the Caribbean (score 76 with a global ranking of 15) while Haiti has the highest (score 19 or 165 global ranking).

The Bahamas and St. Lucia are tied in second place for the lowest level of corruption in the region at 22 globally (score 71), according to the report.

A total of 176 countries and territories worldwide were ranked.


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  1. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012

    I tell you what we can hate the bajans all we want them don’t care. Articles like this better clarify why Bajans don’t want Jamaicans,and Guyanese in Barbados.

  2. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012

    I tell you. what. we can hate the bajans all we want them don’t care.Articles like this make me understand why bajans don’t want Jamaicans, and Guyanese in Barbados.

  3. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012

    This Liz Xavier person is sooooo annoying, always writing some epistle that makes no sense especially when she start with noone from Giraudel does this or that. Geez get a life.

    • sah la
      December 6, 2012

      Thank You!!! FINALLY someone gets it! I mean like I don’t mind her writing maybe 7 lines..but is like she posting a whole essay 4 ppl 2 read!

  4. cheff labourite
    December 6, 2012

    The writing is on the wall, Dominica is high on the corruption list,and just drop by a mere three percent. Corruption is a serious issue for Dominica as is the case of other Caribbean states. When there is any perceived corruption well investors and donors will be afraid to trust the country.
    For too long corruption talk has been going on and on and on in Dominica and little has been done to tackle the issue from Top to Buttom. So many allegations of corrupt practices in Dominica and image there is hardly an enquiry into these issues. Those from the top walk away smiling with all kinds of bad behaviours.
    The bad thing is that supporters of various parties will put their necks on a chop board just to defend their leaders. wherever such mentality is alive well corruption will always be swept under the table. One suspect that things are so easy in Dominica that folks are just doing as they please. For Dominica to regain its good reputation as was in the times of mamo, well there has to be some serious cleaning up from head to toes. Those who are involved in corruption, investigate them, try them and send them where they belong: jail jail, jail. And the state should seize all their assets and so forth…. Unless a no nonsense approach is taken to deal with corruption, well Dominica will continue to get worst scores.
    Its Just sickening to read about so many allegations of corruption in Dominica- left, right and center, and not one – not one is taken seriously or brought before the courts…. awahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Something is just not adding up, or they playing games with the numbers and power ball.Perceived? Perceived? Perceived? Perceived corruption in Dominica? God help Dominicans and Dominica! But God is not corrupt en! Magway saaaaaaaaaa!
    The Government should call a rally or just give Dominicans some free up gifts like no paying for barrels and stuff for xmas. These are ways they can say thanks to Dominicans for their faithfulness and love. Or they can give ham and turkey and hampers. Just place loads of hampers all over the place and let them people take a few… Or just send charlo on radio to chat chat chat and wishh merry christmas to the Nashionnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!(Nation!)Next year labahhhh will easee the Tenshionnnnnnnnnn(tension) with acshionnnnnnnn(action). 41 globally for perceived corruption, one wonders, what’s Dominica’s score globally for development?
    Oh The Government should call a news years Day rally to just celebrate their achievements for 2012: 41 one of everything or 41 thousand dollars worth of free drinks and plenty food and stufff: red plates, cups, tents and stuff: call it a red fete! Red sewo! Everything in Red! call the sewo: Oh they say we corrupt Eh!” so let us party labaahhhh styleee! Doh forget the campaign song en: red plastic bag: something happening!

  5. 1979
    December 6, 2012

    well when you have ministers owning equipment and using their position to sifon off jobs to their equipment what do you expect??? and when you have the European Union threatening to pull out funding for the Belles road, what do you expect??? and what about woman fighting for “married” minister in creole festival, when the GENERAL POPULATION laughing like its a joke, WHAT YOU EXPECT????

    I don’t think anyone in Dominica knows how to deal above the board. we are bred with corruption in our blood it would seem.

    • 1979
      December 6, 2012

      when you have a bidding process for tendering projects which is almost ALWAYS bypassed in favouritism WHAT DO WE EXPECT?

      when you have numbskulls coming on DNO to paint a pretty picture knowing FULLY WELLL that its not all ROSY…..


  6. ???????????
    December 6, 2012

    Boy boy boy. We need an English class for a lot of persons who are commenting here. Those persons are so one sided track mind in order to see nothing good about their country that they don’t even understand what they reading. People read again before making those negative commens.

  7. Eggleston
    December 6, 2012

    Skerit is one of the people who help us get in this bad position. All the cover up deals he is making with China is one of the reasons.

    • ???????????
      December 6, 2012

      Plase read and you will understand what the numbering means. Just to blame someone, you have distorted the trut. The lower the score the higher the corruption. So Dominica is ranked in the upper half of 50 and over scorecard. We must understand what we read before we comment.

      • ???????????
        December 6, 2012


  8. Duh
    December 6, 2012

    Whoever wrote this read the report wrong. The lower the number, the more corrupt the country iss according to THAT particular measure.

  9. Confused Reader
    December 6, 2012

    How about we look at this in a different way? Look at the smaller islands we often say are “doing so much better than Dominica”. Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent all rank higher than Dominica. Is this the price of progress and development? Hmm…

  10. Concern citizen
    December 6, 2012

    This should be a wake up call for all Dominicans, especially those back home. Doing the right thing, help develop your country and do not wait for others to do for you which invert brings greed that leads to corruption. Everybody wants to get rich quick without working. Well that’s the answer ” PERCEIVED CORRUPTION” .

  11. bwa kwaieb
    December 6, 2012

    Of course DA made list. Not surprised!

    • Confused Reader
      December 6, 2012

      Of course Dominica made the list. Every country in the world is on the list. Common sense :?: :?: :?: :?:

      • sijy
        December 6, 2012

        not EVERY country is on the list. According to there are 196 countries in the world, and only about 176 were on the list.

  12. anonymous2
    December 5, 2012

    And who made up this list…..the U.N. the most corrupt of all. Looks like it is virtually worthless…….and people are gullible enough to believe anything written down in an article.

  13. Malgraysa
    December 5, 2012

    …shaking my head. Even in this St. Lucia doing better than us? Man, give me strength.

    • cha cha
      December 6, 2012

      smh….English comprehension is not that difficult….My dear St.Lucia is ranked higher than Dominica as being corrupt….

      i.e Their people think that their GOVT even more corrupt than we in Dominica think Skerrit admin is corrupt.

  14. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012

    Thanks to a functioning ,independent and impartial Integrity Commission the limitations of the IPO Act notwithstanding..

  15. 1979
    December 5, 2012

    “Corruption destroys lives and communities, and undermines countries and institutions. It generates popular anger that threatens to further destabilize societies and exacerbate violent conflicts.”

    HAHAHAHAHAH well well well………

    WELL, these days I don’t say much…I just watching things unravel…..

    I pity those without foresight!

  16. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012

    In this report I noticed the African countries namely black ones are most corrupt.I wonder why? Maybe corruption in black people blood, lol.

  17. true word
    December 5, 2012

    the only government that not corrupt is the one in heaven as long as man in charge there will always be corruption.That is why God never wanted a King for his people but they wanted it and he told they of the consequences corruption was one.

  18. ????????????
    December 5, 2012

    A CORRUPT AND FAILED STATE! We all know that the island is overflowing and pregnant with corruption.
    Well the patriots and true lovers of the island have always been bringing this issue of corruption to the people. GOOD JOB PATRIOTS!

    • ???????????
      December 6, 2012

      Why don’t you get another name. People this is not the same ????????????????????

    • ???????????
      December 6, 2012

      A persons always calls others what they do themselves so those who call their countries failed and corrupt probably are those who are the most corrupt so they only know one thing and they see others as they see themselves. Old people always say that persons call people what they are because they are a certain way, they see others in that way as well

      Time to be patriotic some of you badmouthers. Bless your country and learn to appreciate the good given to us from the Almighty. Are we not ungrateful???????

  19. Trolol
    December 5, 2012

    One thing ehh, with the politics Barbados on point.

  20. December 5, 2012

    I too, I’m against corruption;and if such corruption exist, it must be stopped. But according to Leeward Islanders,sometimes “there’s more in the mortar than the pistle.” Most West Indian countries don’t tell you of negative things about their islands/countries (Especially Antiguans, Jamaicans & Barbadians). Have you forgotten about the Jamaican woman raped by the Barbadian police, including a police woman? Even the Opposition tried to cover it up.
    If a wife says anything negative about her husband, all her neighbours believe it.__ Those Dominicans who wouldn’t mind bringing the country to it’s knees just to defeat Skerrit, have providid the wood,paille fig, kerosine and match; so floks from other countries are just striking the match. AGAIN, THE KEY WORD IS “PERCEIVED.”

    • Makes
      December 5, 2012

      Perceived poverty, perceived unemployment, perceived death of agriculture; perceived garbage bin bobol; perceived Villa; perceived voter fraud; perceived Corello; perceived ambassador king; perceived French passport; perceived economic failure. What a fantasy. One day you MF will wake up.

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2012

      As the marketing men know only to well Ignus, including Govt. propaganda producers:”PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING”!

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2012

      So you are suggesting that we sweep it all under the carpet and keep quiet? Is that your suggestion to rape victims as well? Keep it quiet or else she will embarass her husband and friends and family?

      How do you suggest that a country be vigilant in safe guarding its integrity if not talking about it is the answer according to you.

    • Yam Baawoolais
      December 6, 2012

      What a bushel of crap. WTF is wrong with you ignoramus Thomas. There is indisputable evidence of mass corruption in the Dominica. From the justice system to the police ,to the government ministries and government I situations like the port, customs etc .just take a look at the country and clearly the corruption index is right on target.
      So you can try topspin but soon your fingers will be too weak to hold the ball

  21. December 5, 2012

    All these countries lower corruption they’re advance in develment,corruption are terrible in any country,look all these countries are behind on developments because of corruption,am sad to say that what keeping my country behind not only this administration previous administries had our country corrupt.

  22. Doc. Love
    December 5, 2012

    Mr. Lennox Linton and the rest of the patriots must feel vindicated,because for years they have been professing that the Skerrit Labor Government is corrupted. I will not be surprised on the next animal show, the reports from Tranparency International will be denied.Their number one radio supporter has told us plain that the money which is being stolen is being stolen for all of us.

    • all eyes
      December 5, 2012

      transparency International only registers the shouting of ‘patriots’ who brings their views to TI. That is why TI registers ‘perceived’ corruption. The question of corruption should also be examined in light of the motives of those who are shouting.

  23. GreenTree
    December 5, 2012

    “Dominica’s score was 58 with a global ranking of 41, dropping from 44 in 2011.”
    This is NOT written properly. It should not read “…dropping from 44…” We are talking about rank here, so there was not a drop, there was an increase in rank to 41 from 44. RANK 1 means very clean as the number increases the countries become more corrupt. Score on the other hand, 0 means very corrupt, as the number increases the countries become very clean. Denmark for example is RANKED 1 but has a SCORE of 90. It is the cleanest country. Dominica has not ‘dropped’, it has moved up in rank.

    • Shameless
      December 5, 2012

      41 , 44 or 1000 we should not be on the list. Dca is too small for us to be in a category with the likes of Nigeria;

      Making excuses will not help us.

      Assertive, NOT Agressive!

      • December 5, 2012


        I agree with you here! I have always said that Dominica is way, way, way, too small to be in the same category with those giant countries, like the USA and the others.

        The USA, for example, has a population of over three hundred million people, divided into 52 states. Even if the claim of 70,000 people in Dominica was correct, we still have 1 person in Dominica to 41,000 persons in the USA. How do they decide, that 1 person alone, can be more corrupt than 41,000 persons put together?

        That is why I will always say, all of those surveys are senseless and fallible. One of those good days will come for man to realize that he is not God, and most of them will never become like Him, because God would rather choose a donkey, than to allow human wisdom in His work. God has said that human wisdom is fallible, and also: No flesh will glory in His presence,


        If you read the news article you will notice that cleanest goes up to 100. So Dominica at 44 in 2011 was cleaner than 41 in 2012. The three cleanest countries which are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand scored 90. Haiti is at 165, read what is said about that country.

      • December 6, 2012

        I should have written 1 person alone in Dominica, to about 4300 persons put together in the United Sates—that is to say 70,000 people in Dominica to 300,000,000 people in the USA.

        It is just too bad that the majority of our people are willing to accept whatever the labels which are plastered on us by outsiders who do not even know of our existence.

      • ???????????
        December 6, 2012

        Shameless do you understand what you are writing? We are on the list in the upper range of 50 – 100. We moved from 44 to 41. What are you talking about we should not be on the list. It is you who do not have an understanding of what you are reading. The higher you are the more clean you are in layman’s term.

      • Frenz
        December 6, 2012

        Can you imagine that Liz4jesus leave in Canada for 40 years and yet so ignorant and gullible. The report is presented with an index- a measurable quantity based on one or More data and references. Again it is a index sakwais boowik.
        As always Liz: Stop your hypocrisy

        This is the same Woman who compared data from Canada and the USA to make excuses for the 1 % salary increase by the Dominica government. The same woman who compare the performance of our economy with that of the USA and Canada. Today she is making an of herself talking about comparing 1 : 40000 ratio
        It is because of people like Lizavier4 Jesus that mankind came up with the idea of a place called hell.

    • Proper reporting
      December 5, 2012

      I hope you mean moved up as in becoming more corrupt. Last year it was 52 and today its 58. I am not interested in the ranking, I am interested in the corruption score.

    • Hate ignorance
      December 5, 2012

      you have it wrong , read the article again
      100 means clean according to them 0 means fully corrupt

  24. LadyLiberty
    December 5, 2012

    Not good at all. Not good. We embrace the wrong and keep doing evil silently and expect God to bless our nation. Time for us to get down on our knees and seek God’s face and change our ways if we want to survive. Hear our cry Lord, please. Forgive us for our wrongdoings Jesus. Heal our hearts, minds, hands and land Father in Jesus Holy Name Amen.

  25. December 5, 2012

    Just wht I was told last year from a investro who wanted to do investing here , they want their cut of the money from them self . No sup rising ffrom a flight from la to pr

  26. ME
    December 5, 2012

    people read the whole article it says that it is PERCEIVED level of coruption that means its how the population of the country looks at our government. so that means dominicans think that there government is highly corrupt but everytime election comes along we accept the galvanise we take the cement and the blocks we accept the money on the side and the free rum and we vote for the same governent that we PERCEIVE as being corrupt people look at urselves and see the folly in ur ways galvanise and cement every 4 or 5 years will not change dominica u need to change it urself when u put the x on the ballot paper

    • ME
      December 5, 2012

      and dno before u all write an article read it properly cause it does not say that the country is corupt the key word hear is PERCEIVED to be corupt so u owe the people of dominica an appology for ur misinterpretation of the article

  27. no name
    December 5, 2012

    well Dominica corrupt papa

    • maindesk
      December 5, 2012

      The politicians are only as corrupt as the people permit. So look into the mirror and see who is de vole’r and who is sootiwey

  28. younglady
    December 5, 2012

    “perceived corruption”*

  29. garbage bin
    December 5, 2012

    boy i dunno why dominicans complaining we made our bed now is time to sleep in it

  30. James
    December 5, 2012

    I’m surprised they didn’t rank higher. For a tiny country like Dominica, it’s too corrupt. From the locals, the police all the way up to Government officials.

  31. Nina
    December 5, 2012

    17 points in one year? WOW!! Why should anybody be surprised? This little country is rotten to the core.

  32. tiny
    December 5, 2012

    it simply means Dominican leaders are getting away with corruption, they don’t get caught or charged so how can anyone count corrupt activity.

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2012

      Tiny, pls. read again: “PERCEIVED corruption”.

      • tiny
        December 5, 2012

        ok then

  33. I don't know
    December 5, 2012

    Do you not mean 9th in the region? Or do you not count countries such as Suriname in this?

    • James
      December 5, 2012

      9th in the region and 41st in the world. It doesn’t need any extra explanation…

  34. Anonymous
    December 5, 2012

    where is antigua

    • stupes
      December 5, 2012

      with all due respect this article is about domininca i thought about where is antigua to but we have to focus on us alot more

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2012

      Between Guadeloupe and St. Kitts & Nevis, Anonymous…just in case you had forgotten!

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