Global Integrity Report 2008: Unregulated Money in Politics Is Greatest Corruption Threat Globally By P Radhakrishnan
Tracking governance and corruption trends is a global imperative. But doing that is easier said. Important among the prerequisites to it is the availability of huge amounts of relevant and reliable sensitive data and the huge amount of material and human resources required for the task. Seen against this formidable obstacle, Global Integrity, an international, non-profit, non-partisan organization, has been a very important global trend-setter. Among other things, its "Integrity Indicators" approach to assessing key national anti-corruption mechanisms has been described by the World Bank as "a 'best practice' methodology for governance
indicators." These indicators are: (1) Civil Society, Public Information and Media; (2) Elections; (3) Government Accountability; (4)
Administration and Civil Service; (5) Oversight and Regulation; and (6) Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law. Global Integrity’s work is unique in that it relies on the contributions of local in-country experts and seeks to assess the opposite of corruption (good governance and anti-corruption mechanisms) rather than corruption itself.
Global Integrity’s flagship annual report is the Global Integrity Report, itself made up of individual Country Assessments. The number of countries covered by the Report has increased from 25 in 2005 to 43 in 2006 to 55 in 2007, including China for the first time, to 57 in 2008, including first ever reports on Iraq and Som