2006 Corruption Perceptions Index reinforces link between poverty and corruption.

The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched on November 6 by Transparency International, points to a strong correlation between corruption and poverty, with a concentration of impoverished states at the bottom of the ranking. The 2006 CPI shows the machinery of corruption remains well-oiled, despite improved legislation. ‘Corruption traps millions in poverty,” said Transparency International Chair Huguette Labelle. ‘Despite a decade of progress in establishing anti-corruption laws and regulations, today’s results indicate that much remains to be done before we see meaningful improvements in the lives of the world’s poorest citizens.”