Mo Ibrahim

The 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), has been released, which shows that Botswana is once more 3rd overall out of 54 African countries, with a score of 72.7 (down from 73.7 last year). The same modestly downward trend was apparent in the ratings of the other top countries, as well as the continent as a whole.

Mauritius once more took the top overall position with a score of 81.4, followed by Seychelles at 73.7.

The IAAG Index consists of four overarching categories with 14 indices based on 100 sub-indices.

In the four overarching categories, Botswana was 2nd in the areas of Safety and Security with a score of 81.6, while ranking third in area of Human Development with a score of 78.0, sixth in terms of Sustainable Economic Opportunity with a score of 64.6 and tenth in terms of Participation and Human Rights with a score of 66.4

Botswana’s scores and position (X) in each of the 14 indices were as follows:

Rule of Law - 92.8% (2)
Accountability – 66.3% (3)
Personal Safety – 67.2% (2)
National Security – 100% (1)
Participation – 83.3% (4)
Rights – 52.0% (20)
Gender Issues – 65.2% (18)
Public Management – 60.3% (7)
Business Environment – 68.7% (4)
Infrastructure – 64.3% (5)
Rural Sector – 65.0% (7)
Social Welfare – 76.8% (3)
Education – 72.0% (3)
Health – 84.6% (6)

Among the sub-indices Botswana ranked first in 22 categories including: Judicial Process, Transfer of Power, accountability of Public Officials, low levels of Corruption by Public Officials, lack of Social Unrest, lack of Political Violence; low level of Human Trafficking, Peace and Security , Legitimacy of Political Process, Overall and Workplace Gender Equality, Public Administration, Budget Management, Fiscal Policy, Social Safety Nets, Narrowing Income Gaps, Environmental Policy and HIV/AIDS response.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance is an analysis by Mo Ibrahim Foundation aimed at improving the level of governance of African countries. The annual index provides a framework for citizens hold governments accountable, while helping governments to focus attention on creating prosperous nations by ensuring better delivery of goods and services, and favourable policy outcomes, across every country on the continent.

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