Corruption is considered a global epidemic that costs the economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to estimates by the World Bank Institute. The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that public frustration is well founded. No region or country in the world is immune to the damages of corruption, the vast majority of the 183 countries and territories assessed score below five on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean.) New Zealand, Denmark and Finland top the list, while North Korea and Somalia are at the bottom.
“This year we have seen corruption on protestors’ banners be they rich or poor. Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. Following is one of the best “soft” campaigns I’ve seen so far. It comes from Mexic so the sound is in Spanish but it also has English subtitles: