The 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released on Monday, shows Uganda ranks 18th out of 52 African countries.
The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Uganda’s performance across four categories of governance: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Since 2000, Uganda has shown its biggest improvement in the category of Human Development. Human Development measures welfare, education and health.
The 2013 IIAG shows that 94% of Africans – including those in Uganda – live in a country that has experienced overall governance improvement since 2000.
However, the report showed declines in 3 sub-categories: Personal Safety, Rule of Law & Rights while health was the greatest success story of Africa in the last 10 years.
The 6% of people living in a country that has experienced governance deterioration since 2000 are based in Madagascar, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Libya and Mali.
Established in 2007, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa. Compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions, it provides an annual assessment of governance in every African country.
The IIAG provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes, across Africa.
Uganda’s performance in the 2013 IIAG:
- ·Ranks 18th (out of 52) overall
- ·Scores 56.0 (out of 100), higher than the African average (51.6)
- ·Has improved by +5.5 since 2000
- ·Ranks 4th (out of 11) in the East Africa region
- ·Scores higher than the regional average for East Africa (47.9)
- ·Ranks its highest in the category Participation and Human Rights (18th out of 52)
- ·Ranks its lowest in the category Safety & Rule of Law (27th out of 52)
- ·Ranks its highest in the sub-category Gender (7th out of 52) and ranks its lowest in the sub-category National Security (36th out of 52)