“We welcome progress in Overall Governance, but the lost opportunity of the past decade is deeply concerning. Africa has a huge challenge ahead, “Mo Ibrahim.
Kenya has registered remarkable improvements in the last five years in terms of governance from position 19 to 11according to the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance report by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
The index identified that African countries have shown an increasing divergence in Overall Governance performance mainly driven by 15 countries that have managed to accelerate their pace of improvement over the last five years.
Progress is most striking in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, and Kenya. Morocco, improved from 25th to 15th; and Cote d’Ivoire, from 41st to 22nd among 54 ranked countries.
The top-five countries, ranked by their cumulative points across all indexes, were Mauritius (79.5 points), Seychelles (73.2), Cote d’Ivoire (71.1), Namibia (68.6) and Botswana (68.5).
While 27 of Africa’s countries have shown some improvement, in 25 countries, accounting for 43.2% of Africa’s citizens, Sustainable Economic Opportunity performance has declined over the last ten years.
Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “We welcome progress in Overall Governance, but the lost opportunity of the past decade is deeply concerning. Africa has a huge challenge ahead. Its large and youthful potential workforce could transform the continent for the better, but this opportunity is close to being squandered. The evidence is clear – young citizens of Africa need hope, prospects, and opportunities. Its leaders need to speed up job creation to sustain progress and stave off deterioration. The time to act is now.”
Ibrahim Index provides an annual statistical assessment of the quality of governance in every African country by measuring safety and rule of law, participation and Human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and Human development.