Corruption in Lebanon by Joumana Ibrahim
Lebanon has been going through its most challenging economic crisis in 70 years and is in dire need of international assistance. However, wherever funds are flowing, there is a
risk of corruption. Corruption in Lebanon is already very high, and numbers show that since 2012, the country has lost 5 points in the corruption perception index score and was ranked 24/100 (the closer to 0, the higher the corruption level) in 2021.
According to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International, Lebanon is the 154 least corrupt nation out of 180 countries. These numbers put Lebanon on
the countries to watch list. Meanwhile, aid has been pouring into the country, rising from 163.4 million in 2012 to 1.02 billion in 2021. Without a reliable government, Lebanon becomes a republic of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that should be held accountable for their acts.
Using quantitative data from several sources, such as Statista, Transparency International, and local and international newspaper articles, these sets of postcards show the evolution of corruption in Lebanon. By distorting important landmarks with water and a clothes iron, and creating analog scales based on the data, images of Lebanese landmarks are distorted to the point of almost vanishing. The lines on the back of the postcards are used to create graphs showing the data and its evolution over a decade.
The idea is to encourage educated Lebanese people in critical professional positions in Lebanon and abroad to hold NGO stakeholders accountable for their lack of transparency.