On Monday, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation launched the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) saying nearly all Africans live in a country that is better governed than it was at the start of the century.
According to the index, 94% of people living in Africa live in a country which has shown overall Governance improvement since 2000.
“This is the most important finding: Over the last 12 years, governance has improved for 94 percent of the population of Africa” Mo said at the launch.
He added saying “”Its no coincidence that improvements in African governance came after ’90. The Cold War’s end was the most important thing for Africa.
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.
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.
The foundation singled former conflict-hit nations for the strides they had made in governance.
“Rwanda and other post-conflict countries including Angola and Sierra Leone are doing well” – MIF Executive Director Nathalie Delapalme said.
Meanwhile there was no winner for his year’s Mo Ibrahim prize.
“There is no winner for this year’s Ibrahim Prize” Salim Ahmed Salim, the Committee Chair announced on Monday.
“We hope that those who aspire to the prize will live up to the performance of our 3 Laureates” – Salim said.
The three laureates include: Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former Mozambique president (2007), Botswana’s former president Festus Gontebanye Mogae (2008) and Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires who served as Head of State of Cape Verde from 2001 to 2010. He won the prize in 2011.
Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007.
Last year, retired Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu won a special award from the prestigious Mo Ibrahim Foundation in recognition of his Lifelong Commitment to Speaking Truth to Power.
Tutu heads The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship which was founded in 2003 and is the flagship programme of the African Leadership Institute (AfLI). It is awarded annually to 20-25 outstanding young Africans between the ages of 25 and 40 who are expected to become leaders in their fields during the next decade.
Red Pepper’s Arinaitwe Rugyendo, a member of the 2012 Tutu class is among these young enterprising African leaders.