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President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya ranked 14 in Africa on governance performance

November 17, 2020

By Samuel Ouma

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya is in position 14 out of 54 in Africa on governance performance according to 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG).

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) is a tool that measures and monitors governance performance in African countries.

It assessed governance performance in 54 African countries over the last 10-year period that is 2010 to 2019.

The report singled out Kenya as the most improved in gender equality and infrastructure.

“Compared to ten years ago, access to political power and representation for Africa’s women has increased, and the pace of this improvement has nearly doubled between 2015 and 2019. Women’s access to basic public services has also increased both in the ten-year and five-year period and at a faster pace between 2015 and 2019,” said the report.

“Over the ten-year period, 50 countries have improved their score, the most of any category. For 22 of them, the rate of improvement has increased since 2015, again more than in any other category.”

Mauritius maintained the top position for the 10th consecutive year with a score of 77.2, followed by Cape Verde (73.1). Seychelles (72.3), Tunisia (70.4) and Botswana (66.9) were ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively. On the other hand, Somalia remains bottom for the 10th consecutive year with a score of 19.2.

Kenya, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe are among the most improved countries as per the report.

The foundation gathered 237 variables that measure governance concepts from 40 sources. They were put together to form 79 indicators, which are organised under its key governance dimensions; the 16 sub-categories and four that constituted the overall governance score.

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