- Maldives ranked 85th in 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) with a score of 40.
- No improvement in rank or score compared to 2021.
- Score based on assessments from three international sources.
- Lack of progress in implementing and enforcing laws to tackle corruption.
- Corruption undermines political, social, and economic stability.
- Recommendations made to the Maldivian government for greater transparency and accountability.
- Concerns about politicized efforts to address corruption and potential decrease in public trust in accountability mechanisms and judicial process.
The Maldives has been ranked 85th in the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International, with a score of 40 out of 100 (where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean). This marks no improvement in the country’s rank or score compared to 2021, where it ranked 85th with a score of 43. The score is based on assessments from three international sources.
Transparency Maldives stated that the data reflects the lack of progress in implementing and enforcing laws to tackle corruption. The organization highlighted that corruption undermines political, social, and economic stability and creates a favorable environment for criminal activities. They emphasized the need for an overhaul of the system that promotes corruption and protects the corrupt and called for greater transparency and accountability.
Transparency Maldives made recommendations to the Maldivian government, including meeting obligations under the UN Convention Against Corruption, holding public officials accountable, and promoting public participation in decision-making. The organization also stressed the need for independent oversight institutions and the protection of human rights defenders.
Transparency Maldives expressed concerns about the highly politicized efforts to address corruption, which may lead to decreased public trust in accountability mechanisms and the judicial process, especially with the upcoming 2023 presidential elections.