Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Control Risks, the global specialist risk consulting firm, present the publication of the 2020 Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index, a data-driven analytical tool to assess Latin American countries’ ability to uncover, punish and deter corruption.
“The Index shows in detail how the anti-corruption wave that was advancing in Latin America a few years ago has lost steam and, in some places, is dangerously receding. What is even more concerning: this is happening while COVID-19 is increasing the risk of corruption across the region,” said Roberto Simon, Senior Director of Policy at AS/COA.
Rather than measuring perceptions of or the economic damage caused by corruption, the CCC Index evaluates and ranks countries based on how effectively they can combat corruption. Countries with a higher score are deemed more likely to see corrupt actors prosecuted and punished.
The second edition of the CCC Index covers 15 Latin American countries – seven more than in 2019 – and considers 14 key variables, including the independence of judicial institutions, the strength of investigative journalism and the level of resources available for combating white-collar crime. The index relies on extensive data and a proprietary survey conducted among leading anti-corruption experts from Control Risks, academia, civil society, media and the private sector.
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