Sleaze-o-Meter

Sleaze watchdog Transparency International says it is concerned about aid flows into Sri Lanka, with the country more corrupt than last year and little political effort to spruce up its act. Sleaze watchdog Transparency International says it is concerned about aid flows into Sri Lanka, with the country more corrupt than last year and little political effort to spruce up its act.

Sri Lanka has slipped on the global Corruption Index rankings, scoring a low 3.2 on ten over 3.5 last year, showing greater perception of corruption.

“This is particularly worrying in view of the huge humanitarian aid flows following the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004,” Transparency International said in its Global Corruption Index rankings for 2005, released Monday.

“However, the government is making a serious attempt to curb corruption in Indonesia, while political commitment to do so in Sri Lanka is not yet clear.”

Sri Lanka ranks just above Indonesia with its score of 2.2. Following last December’s tsunami, donors pledged US$ 3.2 bn in foreign aid to rebuild the ravaged Northern, Eastern and Southern coastal districts.

About US$ 1 bn materialised as firm commitments, but