Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Governance in Africa declining - Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) has decried declining governance values in the continent of Africa, reports ITRealms.

The official IIAG report Tuesday to ITRealms, the index says that in over the last four years, governance progress in Africa has stalled, thus revealing a shifting landscape. 

During the period 2011-14, the report said, the African average overall governance score in the IIAG increased only slightly by +0.2 points to 50.1 (out of 100.0), with considerable changes in performance during the last four years at all levels of the Index, both at country and at category level.

ITRealms recalls that report published annually, the IIAG provides a comprehensive assessment of governance performance for each of the 54 African countries. The 2015 IIAG consists of 93 indicators which fall into four categories: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

“Twenty-one countries, including five of the top ten, have deteriorated in overall governance performance since 2011. Only six countries register an improvement across each of the four categories of the IIAG: Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia and Zimbabwe,” part of the report read.

At the regional level, IIAG stated the continental trend in overall governance masks varying performances and a widening range between the regions. 

“Southern Africa remains the best performing region, with an average score of 58.9, followed by West Africa (52.4), North Africa (51.2) and East Africa (44.3). Central Africa is the lowest ranking region with an average score of 40.9, and is the only region to have deteriorated since 2011,” the report showed.

As stated by IIAG, the marginal improvement in overall governance at the continental level is underpinned by positive performances in only two categories, Human Development (+1.2) and Participation & Human Rights

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)  
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