|Corruption in Lebanon|
Although corruption has always existed in Lebanon, its effects were magnified in 1990 after the end of the fifteen-years civil war.
Corruption in Lebanon governs all sectors of society and all branches of government.
Corruption in Lebanon exists in all its forms including bribery, nepotism, favoritism, patronage, embezzlement, kick-backs, and vote-buying.
The causes behind corruption in Lebanon are various and include among others:
The impacts of corruption are tremendous and can be classified as political costs rendering fragile the relationship between citizens and the state, financial costs especially in terms of investment and lack of corporate governance, as well as socio-economic costs.
An extensive overview on corruption in Lebanon is available in the National Integrity System (NIS) study published by LTA.
Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
On November 11, 2009 LTA released the results of the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in Beirut simultaneously with other parts of the world. Lebanon received the score of 2.5/10 and was ranked 130th over 180 countries.
LTA's Press Release on the results of the 2010 CPI ~ Arabic
LTA's Press Release on the results of the 2009 CPI ~ Arabic
Comparative table of Lebanon on the CPI 2007-2008 ~ English / Arabic
Comparative table of Lebanon on the CPI 2008-2010 ~ Arabic
Open Budget Index
LTA participated in the compilation of the 2008 Open Budget Index (OBI) produced by the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Lebanon received a score of 32%, which puts the country in the category of countries that provides minimal information.
The scores received by Lebanon on the The World Bank's Governance Indicators 1996-2008 published at the end of June 2009, translate very high levels of corruption and bad governance.
Over 212 reviewed countries, Lebanon was ranked 146th on the Government's Efficiency indicator, 202nd on the Political Stability indicator, 108th on the Voice and Accountability indicator, and 167th on the Corruption Control indicator.
2007 Global Integrity Index
On the 2007 Global Integrity Index, Lebanon received the score of 45/100 and is considered as a "very weak country" in terms of integrity. The low score of the index are a result of the lack of anti-corruption legislation in the country and absence of key institutions such as an Ombudsman and Anti-Corruption Commission.
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> On February 6th, LTA and Transparency International -UK Chapter- have jointly hosted the launch of "the Middle East and North Africa Report of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index". Press Release Media Coverage
> Le Commerce du Levant Magazine in cooperation with LTA has published a special issue denouncing corruption in Lebanon. Article Brief
> LTA organized the Anti- Corruption Day entitled: “Anti Corruption Day: Lebanese status and the necessary reform steps” on December 09, 2012 under the high patronage of his Excellency the President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel SLEIMAN. Press Release
> On November 28, the Lebanese Transparency Association held its annual General Assembly and elect a new board of Directors. Press release
> Access to Information Survey Report. The Report