Control Risks and Americas Society/Council of the Americas (ASCOA) has released the fourth edition of the Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index, which assesses countries’ ability to detect, punish and deter corruption.
The fight against corruption presented a mixed picture throughout Latin America over the past year, according to ASCOA. Some countries showed resilience, while others, including the region’s two largest countries — Mexico and Brazil — saw new setbacks for key institutions and the anti-corruption environment.
For many residents throughout Latin America, the continued struggle with Covid-19 and economic issues like inflation, now compounded by Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, have taken precedence over corruption.
Many governments in the region have relegated anti-corruption reforms to a lower priority. Accordingly, many of the judicial branches and anti-corruption agencies across the region have struggled in comparison to the mid-2010s, when the anti-corruption movement enjoyed greater popular support and government attention.
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