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Kenya ranks 15th out of 48 countries – In good governance: A plus for Kibaki government

Posted by African Press International on September 27, 2007

Kenya has been ranked 15th out of 48 countries on good governance and economic management in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to a research by the Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University and a think-tank comprising leading African academicians, Kenya scores an overall index of 59.3, 26.9 points less than the best country.

The research used the Ibrahim Index of governance indicator to rank the 48 countries. It was funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was founded by Dr Mohammed (Mo) Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born entrepreneur and founder of Celtel mobile phone company.

Baseline data

According to the foundation, the 2007 index used the 2005 data as the baseline data for all the countries studied. The study ranks Mauritius as the best governed country in sub-Saharan Africa, recording the highest score of 86.2, followed by the Seychelles (83.1). Botswana comes in third with a score of 73, Cape Verde fourth with 72.9 and South Africa filling the last slot in the top five category with 71.1.

To come up with the overall scores, the index measured the five pillars of good governance, namely safety and security, rule of law transparency and corruption, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

Mauritius scored highly in virtually all the five pillars measured, scoring highest in safety and security (91.7), rule of law transparency and corruption (85.2), participation and human rights (88.7), sustainable economic opportunity (75.5) and human development (90).

Kenya, on the other hand, registered top marks in participation and human rights (64.1), human development (63.8), safety and security (62.9), rule of law transparency and corruption (57.9) and sustainable economic opportunity (47.9).

Economic opportunity

Completing the top 10 are Gabon (67.4), Namibia (67), Ghana (66.8), Senegal (66) and Sao Tome and Principe (65.3). Among the East African Community member states, Tanzania ranks as the best governed country with an overall score of 60.7, followed by Kenya (59.3), Rwanda (57.5), Uganda (55.4) and Burundi (46.8).

The worst country in terms of quality of governance is Somalia, with the lowest score of 28.1, followed by the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo (38.6), Chad (38.8), Sudan (40) and Guinea-Bissau (42.7).

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN source.nation.ke

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