Rwanda-Governance-Mo Ibrahim 2008 index
Rwanda slips one place in Africa governance performance ratings

APA-Kigali (Rwanda) Rwanda has improved its overall score in its governance index to 59.0 out of 100 between 2005 and 2006, but the relative improvement of its peers meant that it slipped one place to rank 18th from 19, out of sub-Saharan Africa's 48 countries, according to the 2008 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance released here Monday.

The index, released in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, however put Rwanda among the top 20 performers in Africa and shows that two thirds of sub-Saharan African countries have improved governance performance, with notable progress in participation and human rights.

For Rwanda, the Index shows that the country improved considerably in four categories, safety and security at 98.9 from 97.7, rule of law, transparency and corruption at 46 from 44, participation and human rights at 69.5 from 66.5, and human development at 43.6 from 43.1. But, Rwanda fell slightly in the category of Sustainable Economic Opportunity from38 to 37.7. The country's overall score is at 59, with the most notable improvement being in participation and human rights, in which the score rose by 3.0 points.

A number of countries within the East African Community (EAC) with the exception of Burundi at position of 35, demonstrated strong performance in the Ibrahim Index, led by Tanzania (15), Kenya (17), Rwanda (18) and Uganda (19), all ranking within the top 20 countries.

"However, many issues remain unchanged in the continent, especially women's rights," the report noted.

The top five countries remained unchanged. They are Mauritius, Seychelles, Cape Verde, Botswana and South Africa, all scoring over 70%.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance is a comprehensive ranking of sub-Saharan African nations according to governance quality. The Index assesses national governance against 57 criteria that capture the quality of services provided to citizens by governments.


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