A leading global monitoring group says Bangladesh, Chad and Turkmenistan are among the world's most corrupt countries.
Berlin-based Transparency International released the information today (Tuesday) in its annual report of corrupt countries. It says more than two-thirds of the 159 nations surveyed on the list scored less than five out of 10.
Transparency International Chairman Peter Eigen says corruption is a major cause of poverty as well as a barrier to overcoming it.
Ethiopia scored 2.2 and Eritrea 2.6 out of 10.
Other countries that topped the organization's corruption list included Burma, Haiti, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Angola.
Among the least corrupt countries were Iceland, Finland and New Zealand.
Transparency International called for strong coordination among governments, the private sector and civil society to increase efficiency in the struggle against corruption.