Uruguay

Basic Country Information

  • Region: Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income Group: High
  • Population: 3.43 million
  • GNI per Capita: 22950 USD
  • Urban population : 95.5 % of total
  • Life expectancy at birth: 75 years
  • Human Development Index (HDI): 0.817

How does Uruguay control corruption?

Forecasted trend:
Improving
Integrity Transparency
Country’s Score 7.83/10 14/20
World Rank 20/119 11/143
Regional Rank 1/23 9/23
Income group Rank 20/48 10/48

Index of Public Integrity

IPI Score: 7.83 / 10
The IPI score is the mean of the six components scores, which result from the standardization and normalization of original source data to range between 1 and 10 using a min-max-transformation, with higher values representing better performance.
Components Component Score
(max=10)
World
Rank
Income Group
Rank
Regional
Rank
Opportunities for Corruption
Administrative Burden 0 /119 /48 /23
Trade Openness 0 /119 /48 /23
Administrative Transparency 7.75 3/119 3/48 2/23
Online Services 7.23 43/119 32/48 7/23
Budget Transparency 7.21 28/119 19/48 13/23
Constraints on Corruption
Judicial Independence 8.98 4/119 4/48 1/23
Freedom of the Press 6.83 38/119 29/48 6/23
E-Citizenship 9 11/119 11/48 1/23

Opportunities are permanent enabling circumstances for corruption. Empirical evidence exists that administrative discretion (lack of administrative transparency and poor regulation) combined with unaccountable resources (non-transparent public finance, both from domestic sources and international aid) create opportunities for corruption.

Constraints are permanent disabling circumstances of corruption. They encompass the legal response of authorities as well as the response by society (a free press and digitally enabled citizens organized as civil society or as individual voters).

Societies manage to control corruption if they find the right balance between opportunities and constraints.

Read more in the methodology.

 

No IPI data for Uruguay

Transparency in Uruguay

T-Index Score: 14 / 20   (20 = 100%)
T-Index
World
Average
Income Group
Average
Regional
Average
The total fulfillment of items on De Jure and De Facto adds up to 100%
on the basis of which we calculate the individual performance of a country

De Facto Transparency: 10 / 14

De Facto Components

Live, online, and freely accessible sources of public data.
These data sources were assessed as complete and freely available (1 point), partial and/or paid access (0.5 point), or missing (0 points).

Past expenditures (last fiscal year)
Yes
Current expenditures (budget tracker)
Partial
Public Procurement Portal
Yes
Land cadaster
Partial
Register of commerce
Partial
Auditor General's report
Yes
Supreme Court's hearings schedule
Partial
Supreme Court's rulings
Yes
Financial disclosures for public officials
Partial
Conflict of interest disclosures
Partial
Official Development Assistance (ODA)
Partial
Mining concessions
Yes
Building permits in the capital city
Partial
Official gazette
Yes

De Jure Transparency: 4 / 6

De Jure Components

Formal transparency commitments by governments.
Formal agreements that met category criteria (see Methodology) were assessed as existing (1 point) or not (0 points).

Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA)
Yes
Open Government Partnership (OGP)
Yes
United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC)
Yes
Financial Action Task Force Against Money Laundering (or equivalent)
Yes
Plurinational transparency agreement (EITI, OECD, WTO GPA, or CPTPP)
No
Beneficial Ownership
No

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No TI data for Uruguay

Uruguay's Corruption Forecast

Forecasted trend:
Improving
Uruguay has improved recently on judicial independence, budget transparency and e-citizenship, but still has many transparency areas where it can improve. In particular, administrative transparency is underdeveloped in areas such as its land cadaster, business register, and building permits, which are all partial. Also, only partial information is available online regarding the disclosure of public officials’ assets and conflicts of interest. Finally, media freedom has declined in the past decade. Still, overall Uruguay is substantially improving and remains a great example for its regional peers.
Components 2013 2023
Budget Transparency 7.21 0 0
Judicial Independence 7.33 8.45 1
Press Freedom 8.57 7.33 -1
E-Citizenship 4.58 6.54 1
Online Services 5.94 7.88 1
  positive change;   negative change;   change not statically significant.
No Forecast data for Uruguay