Despite geopolitical tremors; Africa’s governance improves

NAIROBI, KENYA – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has given several African nations high praise for appreciable gains in governance.

Mo Ibrahim

According to a report, several African countries have made a significant improvement in political and economic governance in the last decade despite disruptions in the world order, said a survey released on Monday.

The 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched by Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Monday, coated an optimistic image overall in the areas of governance trends in Africa but cautioned against smugness that could slow down this advances.

“Over the last 10 years, 40 African countries have improved in overall governance. In the last five years, 18 of these, a third of the continent’s countries and home to 58 percent of African citizens, including Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Namibia, and Senegal, have managed to accelerate their progress,” according to the survey.
In 2016, the survey reports, Africa achieved its highest overall governance score in recent history, standing at 50.8 out of 100.0.

“Africa’s annual average rate of improvement in governance has slowed. Of the 40 countries improving overall governance during the last decade, more than half (22) have done so at a slower pace or declined,” the survey said.

According to the survey, eight of the 12 countries that show a decline in overall governance over the past decade have not demonstrated the willingness to reverse the trend.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance evaluates improvements in critical areas like education, health, and social welfare that countries in the world’s second-largest continent have made.

The survey noted that there has been a marked improvement in the sectors named during the first half of this decade as a result of vigorous state financing and policy reforms.

The founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mo Ibrahim, lauded African countries for their concerted efforts to improve governance and the rule of law.

“As the index shows us, overall governance in Africa is improving. This is good news. However, the slowing and in some cases even reversing trends in several countries, and in some key dimension of governance, means that we must be vigilant,” Ibrahim said.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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