The 2021 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index

The CCC Index

Assessing Latin America’s ability to detect, punish, and prevent corruption

The fight against corruption in Latin America suffered a new wave of setbacks over the past year.

Latin America has been among the regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. With governments under increasing financial strain, and healthcare systems severely impaired, the pernicious effects of graft on society are amplified. The pandemic also led governments and citizens to shift their focus to other urgent priorities, giving politicians space to diminish the autonomy and resources of judicial bodies. The widely documented erosion of democratic institutions in a number of countries continued, and there was a concerning decline in the efficiency and independence of anti-corruption agencies in almost all countries.

Against this backdrop, Control Risks and Americas Society / Council of the Americas (ASCOA) introduce the third edition of the Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index.

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Map of the Overall Score


Rather than measuring perceived levels of corruption, the CCC Index evaluates 14 key variables and ranks countries based on how effectively they can combat corruption. Countries with a higher score are deemed more likely to see corrupt actors prosecuted and punished. Continued impunity is more likely in countries at the lower end of the scale.

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Daniel Linsker

Daniel Linsker 

Partner, Head of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean

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Partner, Head of Brazil & the Southern Cone

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Partner, Head of Colombia and the Andean region

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