The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Transparency International 2016 published on January 25, 2017 ranks Cameroon 145th out of 176 states, while the country occupied 130th place the previous year. Although it is true that in 2015, Transparency had evaluated 167 countries, but Cameroon has lost 15 places in this ranking.
Also, the Cameroonian state is also losing a point on its note. Out of a possible 100 points, the country obtained a score of 26 in 2016 against 27 in 2015.
The Cameroon CPI in 2016, like that of the other territories evaluated, relies on data sources from independent institutions specialized in the analysis of governance and business climate.
Transparency explains that corruption generally includes illegal activities, which are deliberately concealed and only revealed through scandals, investigations and prosecutions. According to the NGO, sixty-nine percent of the 176 countries included in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 score less than 50 on a scale from 0 (where the country is perceived as highly corrupt) to 100 ( Where the country is perceived as very little corrupt).
Denmark and New Zealand achieve the best results with a score of 90, followed closely by Finland (89) and Sweden (88). Although no country is free from corruption, Transparency explains, countries at the top of the ranking share characteristics including transparent government, freedom of the press, guaranteeing civil liberties and independent judicial systems.