Botswana is the 34 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Rank in Botswana averaged 31 from 1998 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 38 in 2007 and a record low of 23 in 1998.
The government of Botswana is internationally credited for its management of corruption. Keeping control of and reducing corruption is clearly paramount to maintain its good and clean reputation.
Following corruption scandals during the 1990s, involving misuse of public money or abuse of privileged power by several high-ranking government officials, Botswana has proactively sought to reinforce its legal and institutional frameworks. Resources have been made available in order to better equip the country against the corruption challenges it faces.
Despite Botswana’s good reputation abroad, the country is still faced with some challenges with regard to corruption. A lack of transparency, deeply entrenched patronage networks, conflicts of interest and nepotism, together with concerns over judicial independence, continue to blight the progress made.
Botswana Minister of Internal Affairs arrested on corruption charges on his return home from Dubai, right at the airport.