Dominica scores 5.2 out of 10 in latest Transparency Int’l 2011 CPI rankings

Dominica's ranking according to Transparency International. Graphic compiled by DNO

Dominica has scored 5.2 out 10 in the latest Transparency International (TI) 2011 Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking.

According to the TI index, 10 is the least corrupt while 1.0 is the most.

In the report, which was released last night, Transparency International also ranked Dominica at 44 of the 182 countries surveyed.

The 2011 results for Dominica remain the same as that of 2010 which gave island 5.2 on the CPI ranking and country rank of 44.

However the ranking has dropped a couple of decimal points from the 2009 report which ranked Dominica 5.9 on the CPI scale.

The CPI ranks countries according to their perceived levels of public-sector corruption. The 2011 index draws on different assessments and business opinion surveys that are carried out by independent reputable institutions.

The surveys and assessments that are used to compile the index include questions which relate to the bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of public-sector anti-corruption efforts.

According to the report Trinidad and Jamaica are most corrupt countries in the English speaking Caribbean with CPI scores of 3.2 (country ranking of 91) and 3.3 (country ranking of 86) respectively.

The report showed that Barbados is the least corrupt with a ranking of 7.8, followed by the Bahamas (7.3), St. Lucia (7.0), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (5.8) and Dominica (5.2)

New Zealand was ranked as the least corrupt country with a CPI score of 9.5, while North Korea and Somalia were both ranked at the other end of the 182 country scale with a CPI score of 1.0.

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63 Comments

  1. concerned citizen
    December 2, 2011

    we all should agree that it is perception. we shouldnt be looking the the number per say but our position in relation to other contries.
    The people who say that this survey is crap are trying to say that new zealand is a very currupt country and somalia is one of the least corrupt. The piont is that there is a certain level of accuracy to it.
    the people who decide, in the face of all these indications, to jump on the party train are the ones letting dominica down. Call it what it is people and stop playing party politics with the future of the country…we all know of the corrupt practices that has been going on….ALL OF US KNOW…. the sad thing about it is those of us who are level headed will be brought down aswell.

  2. Zen
    December 2, 2011

    The bad news: half our public sector is corrupt. The good news: it’s only half as corrupt as it could be. Maybe we should get them to wear t shirts so we know which half we can bribe.

    • Roz
      December 2, 2011

      Let the corrupt ones show skins. Shirts and skins to differentiate.

  3. real possie
    December 2, 2011

    @ A$$ trix the sarcasm went right over your head what part of this CPI report is not accurate u don’t get, mabe u don’t know i never went to school so is not my fault is so they put me ok PS (direc tion)or direction.

    • Asterix
      December 2, 2011

      You got the point. The word was not misspelt but this was just an inadvertent space between letters. However I still see that you have still not learnt how to correctly spell. For the record I understand every part but I was pointing you to the fact that we have done worse than 2009 and that is right there in the report if you can read between the lines. Do you know that robots can’t think? You just send them some kind of signal and get them to respond in a certain way. There reaction is most often anticipated.

      • Soul cat
        December 2, 2011

        Asterix there is no need to apologize to this idiot name Real Possie typo error or even grammatical error- This is not an English writing class. When we see the type of reasoning coming from people like real possie , WIKILEAKS etc grammatical correctness is the least of our problems in Dominica.Do you expect anything better from people who support blindly, who just sit by a wait for hand outs? You are wasting your time engaging in any type of discussion with people who are still living with the Neg Mawon mentality.

      • real possie
        December 3, 2011

        There goes another follower, did u research to see where this back and forth came about? just to let u know am a leader in all i do.Soul puss check before u accuse that seems to be the motto for all the UWPITES.

  4. December 2, 2011

    what was it in 1998 4.2

    • Soul cat
      December 2, 2011

      Why after 14 years we have reached a score of at least 8 or 8.5? Thought the next level also meant next level of transparency and clean government.Just asking

  5. Just saying
    December 2, 2011

    Well if my child get 52% in a test i wouldn’t be too pleased. Would you?

  6. ?
    December 1, 2011

    these survey can never be accurate since they are based on perceptions..

    inreality, not perception our politicians are extremly corrupt

  7. Aterix
    December 1, 2011

    @ real possie no need to apologise cause i realize you can’t spell. I expect that kind of reaction from lame brains anyhow, its typical of your kind. You stated that 5.2 is not so bad, are you serious? Even when we are going more towards the wrong direc tion you still say its not that bad. I guess for you down is up and up is down.

    • real possie
      December 1, 2011

      @ A$$ trix the sarcasm went right over your head what part of this CPI report is not accurate u don’t get, mabe u don’t know i never went to school so is not my fault is so they put me ok PS (direc tion)or direction.

  8. .
    December 1, 2011

    If the corrupt activities continue at the pace it is presently,we will by next year be at the top.

  9. simple mind
    December 1, 2011

    Take it easy labourites,we getting there to the next level;our goal is to be the most corrupt country,together we must get there.

  10. Dom
    December 1, 2011

    thats 52% or near half corrupt

    • Sandford and Sons
      December 1, 2011

      It ought to be more like .01 .The CPI people got paid off with passport sales money.Who is man enough to deny that?
      DA can never in such blatant corruption mange 1.5 let alone 5.2 Acoco marcak pass there. Man never worked before 2000 all of a sudden have mansion in Granvilia USV on balacony serving as garage have fat bank accounts, own gas station whazzup??? man was teacher did not own a suit until election2000 all of a sudden is a multimillionaire give me a break. What allu smoking in DA? You expect me to belive a crack and bull story like that?

    • bewildered
      December 1, 2011

      I was witness to fundamental corruption on Tuesday morning at the main airport. I came with one small suitcase clothes and hygenie supplies.I saw a woman who was on the plane with me by pass customs with 25 and i repeat 25 bags( came from shopping in PR) while other D/can were searched inside out. blatant corruption.I guess the custom officers fear the job. I later learned it was the chief of corruption’s wife or girlfriend.
      So giving DA’s gov’t custom officers police and citizens as denizens a score of .000001 would be in order.

      • (.) (.)
        December 2, 2011

        I guess money and power talk

      • lol
        December 2, 2011

        a witness to ‘fundmental’ corruption… u were listening to the herb doctor from SLU too much.

  11. forreal
    December 1, 2011

    its funny they did not mention cuba or venezuela,i wonder were they analyze cuba or venezuela,one would think based on dominicas alliance to ALBA,that dominica would be in the red with a 1.0,or would that be to clear to see that this a bullshit DATA,were does this people gather their information,or better still from whom,this types of information has got to come from within the government,or political party’s,or the government has to be making deals characters on CIA watch,which of course,is yours truly,dominica is not a socialist country, i guest accepting aid from china or venezuela does not sit well with certain capitalist countries,so it is easy to black book dominica,not blatantly,but subtle,this story has a continuation,am waiting to read part two.

  12. hmm
    December 1, 2011

    Hmmmm seems a little bit low to me, perception or not!

  13. anonymous
    December 1, 2011

    This is a perception index and we should be carefull about about placing too much importance to this index. The following from Wikipedia is instructive for those interested:

    The Corruption Perceptions Index has drawn increasing criticism in the decade since its launch, leading to calls for the index to be abandoned.[10][11][12] This criticism has been directed at the quality of the Index itself, and the lack of actionable insights created from a simple country ranking.[13][14] Because corruption is willfully hidden, it is impossible to measure directly; instead proxies for corruption are used. The CPI uses an eclectic mix of third-party surveys to sample public perceptions of corruption through a variety of questions, ranging from “Do you trust the government?” to “Is corruption a big problem in your country?”

    The use of third-party survey data is a source of criticism. The data can vary widely in methodology and completeness from country to country. The methodology of the Index itself changes from year to year, thus making even basic better-or-worse comparisons difficult. Media outlets, meanwhile, frequently use the raw numbers as a yardstick for government performance, without clarifying what the numbers mean.

    The lack of standardization and precision in these surveys is cause for concern. The authors of the CPI argue that averaging enough survey data will solve this; others argue that aggregating imprecise data only masks these flaws without addressing them.[15] In one case, a local Transparency International chapter disowned the index results after a change in methodology caused a country’s scores to increase—media reported it as an “improvement”.[16] Other critics point out that definitional problems with the term “corruption” makes the tool problematic for social science.

    Due to the sources used the index produces a view of corruption as mainly viewed by (Western) business elites. In comparison, the questions in the Eurobarometer surveys 64.3 (2005), 68.2 (2007), 72.2 (2009), and the Flash Eurobarometer 236 (2008) established by the European Commission for all of the 27 European Union members states ask the perceptions and experiences of the general public. In general,the results show a very large divergence between the perception of living in a corrupt country by the general public and the experiences of corruption in everyday life.

    Aside from precision issues, a more fundamental critique is aimed at the uses of the Index. Critics are quick to concede that the CPI has been instrumental in creating awareness and stimulating debate about corruption.[not in citation given] However, as a source of quantitative data in a field hungry for international datasets, the CPI can take on a life of its own, appearing in cross-country and year-to-year comparisons that the CPI authors themselves admit are not justified by their methodology. The authors state in 2008: “Year-to-year changes in a country’s score can either result from a changed perception of a country’s performance or from a change in the CPI’s sample and methodology. The only reliable way to compare a country’s score over time is to go back to individual survey sources, each of which can reflect a change in assessment.” [17]

    The CPI produces a single score per country, which as noted above, cannot be compared year-to-year. As such, the Index is nearly useless as a tool for evaluating the impact of new policies.[15] In the late 2000s, the field has moved towards unpackable, action-oriented indices (such as those by the International Budget Partnership or Global Integrity), which typically measure public policies that relate to corruption, rather than try to assess “corruption” as a whole via proxy measures like perceptions.[13] These alternative measures use original (often locally collected) data and so have the same non-comparability problem as the CPI and are limited in scope to specific policy practices (such as public access to parliamentary budget documents) and so they are only an indicator of visible corruption/policy corruption.

    The inherent value-ladeness of any definition of what represents a corrupt policy is also a concern for the CPI or any other measure corruption. For example, any measure must weight the extent to which corruption has a negative impact on citizens of that country. Measures can focus on the extent to which corruption negatively impacts citizens’ lives on many dimensions including quality of life, health, economic well-being and liberty. Therefore, current measures have also been criticized not just for their methodology but for their breadth and the value choices that are required to be made in deciding how to weight the importance of various aspects of corruption.

    • Jah know
      December 1, 2011

      seriously…….. do u think ppl are gonna read all this. PLEASE LEARN TO SUMMARIZE

      • anonymous
        December 2, 2011

        Thats the PROBLEM we like people to read for us. and accept what ever is said. That I am well aware of that is why I stated ..” for those interested”

    • Sandford and Sons
      December 1, 2011

      BS that. Man these guys could not be more obvious screw CPI. Anyone(legally blind) from
      the association of the disabled can see thru that.

    • Malatete
      December 2, 2011

      If perception does not matter there would be no need for fancy suits, crocodile shoes, expensive cars, any other “status symbols” or spend millions on advertising. Perception does matter in a big way as any psygologist and good marketing man would know.

    • December 3, 2011

      NOW WHO THE @%[email protected]& IS GOING TO READ THAT!!!

  14. Cerberus
    December 1, 2011

    Glad to note that we are perceived less corrupt than our friends …still!
    “Honest” Cuba comes in at 4.2
    Our new-found friends in Italy at 3.9
    wich ranks above China at 3.6
    followed by Morocco at 3.4
    then Libya at 2.0
    and Venezuela scores only a lowly 1.9

    I hope they are learning from us and not the other way round as the trend appears to indicate!

    • Aterix
      December 1, 2011

      We are going closer to them. remember we were 5.9 in 2009

    • Defending Cuba
      December 2, 2011

      Don’t be an idiot. How much access do these people even have to Cuba’s internal organs. They don’t know so of course that is considered ‘in-transparent’. Not being transparent, i.e, no access to my internal affairs does not mean I am corrupt.

    • forreal
      December 2, 2011

      would you have prefer that dommincas friends,would be countries like the virgin islands,well i got news for you,on like dominca which decision board is its ministers,they got a senate,which presently are under investigation for a 1.9 million dollars on accountable for,imagine US territory,yet still they are not on the corrupted scale.

      • forreal
        December 2, 2011

        let me restate the amount,6.9 million.

      • Malatete
        December 3, 2011

        U.S.A. is there at 7.1 (below Canada at 8.7)

        Read the whole article and click on the map of the world to find the country you want

  15. ONE STONE
    December 1, 2011

    It’s funny how we always blame governments all over the world as being corrupt and never once see it as being somewhat we the citizens fault.When we ask of our governments to go pull the devil’s tail what do we expect? I listen to all the talk shows and people are always calling in asking for jobs, roads and all sorts of things especially in a country like dominica what do you expect. So the government as being under pressure nowing if they don’t give the people what they want with a short time frame as (4-5)years time they going to loose the next election. You tell me what would you do or should do? I would give them what they want only that i may have to sell their passports, have relation with any country once the money is there simply do anything possible to fix all their problems. But here’s the hard part, you do all that to please them based on all they ask (development) because they so jealous of what they see in other countries yet still they call you corrupt and all sorts of names. I’ve found it very difficult to deal with humans that’s why i understand what God has to go through with us humans the same people he created. Humans be careful what you wish for.

    • Conscious
      December 1, 2011

      What a pity, One Stone, you do not understand the meaning of corruption. It has nothing to do with seeking development aid for one the country. Corruption is using public office or one’s position in an organization to personally enrich onself or to give favour or an advantage to one’s relatives or friends or associates.

      Please take time to understand the issues before you opine.

  16. me
    December 1, 2011

    Ok to be honest I though we would be like 3 or 4, so being 5.2 is not as bad as I though it would have been. Not that I am familiar with the ranking but seeing that we are right in the middle, it’s not bad as most of us think.

  17. T
    December 1, 2011

    Oh my finger from one to the next…I knew Dominica was pregnant with corruption, but you mean to tell me the international world knows this…This country will only get a relief when these corruption driven leaders are sent packing by the people! SHAME AFTER SHAME..AFTER SHAME.
    I GUESS WE ARE GETTING WHAT WE WANTED/DESERVED.

  18. eee
    December 1, 2011

    THE LEVEL OF CORRUPTION IS NO SURPRISE TO US..The doubting Thomas’ will continue to bury their heads in the sand….OMG!

  19. Aterix
    December 1, 2011

    Can’t you morons see that we are slipping deeper in corruption? From 5.9 (which is closer to 10 the least corrupt)in 2009 to 5.2 in 2010 and going closer to 1 which is the most corrupt. Haven’t you all heard perception is as good as reality? The fact is, that is how we are seen by Transparency International and this is nothing to be proud of. Instead some of you stand up and say to your leaders we need to do better, you make lame brain excuses about perception. I wonder if that is how you teach your children. Your son or daughter would see an actual duck but you will tell them ” Son what you see looks everything like a duck but it is actually a parrot.”

  20. ?????
    December 1, 2011

    VERY CORRUPT INDEED !

  21. December 1, 2011

    ok Ma Domnique dis grunted children;
    take it easy there, no need to grumble
    these are only numbers, dey doe mean much;
    we are who we are; apeaceful people;
    they just trying to frighten us;
    look around the world,
    see de amount of protest going on;
    we haven’t got that rage in us;
    keep the words comming; no fighting now;
    just chat and back chat just that.

  22. Aye Dominique
    December 1, 2011

    Erhmmm…..where are they nah? They not talking today, cat take their talk…well….exactly what I expected.

    Dang shame on Dominica anyways….

    Let me see u all defend that one….I saw one already…”it not so high, but it could be better…” lol

    On a serious note, I feel bad for my country….

  23. Karl
    December 1, 2011

    Please note that this is a “perception” index and not based on facts. That’s why it is in the interest of Thompson Fontain and other to continue with their propaganda. Good luck to all the cabalists. It will come back and bite all of them some day ….

    • Anonymous
      December 1, 2011

      ILt’s perception that’s why your comment is misleading…and Thompson Fontaine has nothing to do with that…What happen DR

    • ?????
      December 1, 2011

      Leave the learned DR THOMPSON FONTAINE OUT of all you corruption business….What happen he is giving you head ache man….LEAVE THE DOCTOR OUT..HE IS OUT OF CORRUPT PRACTICES… so you didn’t know that Dominica was very corrupt?

    • Anonymous
      December 1, 2011

      While the index is called a perception index, it is based on surveys of business people who do business with the countries. Their perception is based on their experience of doing business with authorities in the countries. So, there is an element of realism in the index.

    • December 3, 2011

      I WONDER IF IT WERE UWP IN OFFICE WHETHER IT WOULD STILL BE A “PERCEPTION INDEX” TO YOU.

  24. My2Sense
    December 1, 2011

    Remember folks, this ranking is based on “perceived” levels of corruption… Not “actual” corruption.

    • Anonymous
      December 1, 2011

      yeah , the real “actual” one would be worse!!

    • Malatete
      December 1, 2011

      Oh, thank you! that gives me real comfort so I can go back to sleep and ignore it.

    • A matter of time
      December 1, 2011

      That would be mild a treatment/punishment for such terrible crimes against the state.
      See how Sadam Gadaffi etc went? many more will go that route and close to us unlike what seems far away in the middle east.It will happen right under your nose in DA soon.

  25. mouth of the south
    December 1, 2011

    wow!!!! with all st lucia’s crime… u mean they are least corrupt or more honorable than dominica… well nous finnee bat… anything below 7 is a big shame… this d.l.p regime is the most corrupt in all of dominica’s history… we will go to the financial center and tie them up… throw them behind a pickup and ship them to bora bora

    • My2Sense
      December 1, 2011

      Joke or not, the last part of your comment is uncalled for.

      At this point, in this state of affairs, we cannot afford for one violent spark to set off this keg.

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      December 1, 2011

      Is this trip to Bora Bora a small reward for not being at the bottom of the list?

      Can I go too? You do know that Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a climate just like Dominica. They even have volcanoes.

      Regarding tying them up, please dont admit to your fantasies on DNO.

    • Truth B Told
      December 1, 2011

      Chill brother – It all about perception of corruption. St.Lucians seem to be more patriotic and St.Lucia does not have so many bitter and spiteful individuals trying to tear down their country. If the Dominica haters like Thompson, Lennox, Matt, and the rest of their ilk, would stop trying to destroy our country a better perception might result!

      • .
        December 1, 2011

        Leave the respectable Patriotic man out of your gabbage..Go bathe in your corruption together with your rogue friends.. Leave the gentleman’s name out…HE IS A PATRIOT.. I LOVE HIM.

      • lol
        December 2, 2011

        St. lucians are more busy.

  26. dang!
    December 1, 2011

    DNO, do you remember or have a story about where Dominica was ranked last year?

    That info might be useful. Thanks

    • ??
      December 1, 2011

      Dang,interesting observation it was ranked 44 with the same CPI (5.2) What are your thoughts on that?

    • real possie
      December 1, 2011

      it was the same 5.2 num 44 seems like MOTS with all what u guys been crying bout thats still a good number not that am sayn it should not be better but its not all that bad
      u need to stop though as much as i dont like most of your post i will never revert to tieing u up and sending u any where your point will still come across talks like that u cant call for your fellow dominican.

      • Aterix
        December 1, 2011

        Didn’t you also read we were 5.9 in 2009 and are now 5.2? This means we have gotten worse. You conviniently left this major part out. Thats how folks who are always on the defensive and always quick to make excuses will behave. Rmember most of all the things which are now coming to light that some of you call allegations, were done earlier than 2010.

      • real possie
        December 1, 2011

        @ a** trix my bad aterix they asked about 2010 we have a pc thats y we on here they cld go check on thier own am not here to mislead my fellow country man this report is not fully accurate i have nothing to gain from holding back any info.thats y i take a grain of salt with u all posts u guys to quick to accuse people

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