Source: Transparency International
Despite its massive oil resources, Eurovision 2012 host Azerbaijan is plagued by endemic corruption that prevents ordinary Azerbaijanis from sharing in their country’s natural wealth and is a significant barrier to Azerbaijan’s development.
Azerbaijan is one of the lowest scoring countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to host the Eurovision Song Contest over the past ten years.
A country/territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 10 means that a country is perceived as very clean. A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries/territories included in the index.
Anti-corruption activists are helping take post-communist Azerbaijan forward encouraging citizens to hold authorities to account, be it through mediation or the justice system.