Botswana Improves in Corruption Ratings

  • Takes five steps up from last year’s five-places drop
  • Report links Botswana’s top performance to robust democratic system


Botswana has improved its rating on corruption by five steps, scoring 60/100 from last year’s drop of 5 places, the 2022 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) shows.

The report notes that Botswana continues to be one of the top performers in the southern African region due to a robust democratic system in which the legislative and policy frameworks have continuously improved.

Strengthening of the opposition
“The strengthening of opposition parties has also allowed anti-corruption measures to be implemented, most notably the 2016 Whistleblowers Act followed by the 2019 Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act,” the report states.

It notes that a regional average score of 32 out of 100 marks another year of stagnation on the Corruption Perception Index for sub-Saharan Africa. “Forty-four of the 49 countries assessed still score below 50 and gains made by a few are outweighed by significant declines in others,” the report says.

Second after the Seychelles
Ranked 35 out of 180, the Seychelles continues to lead the region with a CPI score of 70, followed by Botswana and Cabo Verde each with 60. Burundi (17), Equatorial Guinea (17), South Sudan (13) and Somalia (12) as the lowest.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, scoring on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
One of the concerns raised in the report is that most countries are failing to stop corruption.