Namibia Shines In Good Governance, Ranks 6th In Africa

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organization that supports good governance and leadership in Africa has ranked Nigeria number 41 among the 53 African countries Namibia 6th out of 53 African countries and it scored 70 out of 100 for good quality.

Namibia scored higher than the regional average for Southern Africa, which is 58, and it also got more than the continental average that is 50.

It is also ranked 4th out of 12 countries in Southern Africa, that is the top performing region in the 2011 index. The top five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index in terms of human development, education, health, infrastructure, accountability and rule of law are Mauritius with a score of 82, followed by Cape Verde on 79, while Botswana came third with 76, Seychelles came fourth with 73 and South Africa 71.

The bottom five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index are Central African Republic, 33, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, 32; Zimbabwe 31; Chad 31 and Somalia which trailed the entire African pack with a pitiful 8.

The 2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, IIAG, was launched on Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The index provides full details of Namibia’s performance across the four categories of governance as assessed by the Index Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

At sub-category level, Namibia’s highest rank is in Accountability and Rights (4th) and lowest in Rural Sector at 23rd. According to the press statement, over the past five years Namibia’s overall governance quality deteriorated (between 2006 and 2010) and is ranked 4th out of 12 countries in Southern Africa.

The overall result of the 2011 IIAG shows that countries that pursue a balanced approach to all dimensions of governance achieve the most success.

Nevertheless, the overall general trend in Africa is one of imbalance. Many countries have improved in both Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development, but the progress has not been mirrored in Safety & Rule of Law and Participation &Human Rights.

The key index findings across the past five years (2006 to 2010) show that large differences in performances between countries and across categories are masked by the unchanged continental average of 50 for overall governance quality.

The most striking improvements have been achieved by Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries emerging from lengthy civil wars. Liberia improved across all four categories and 13 out of 14 sub-categories, while Sierra Leone has also improved across all four categories.

The countries that have consistently ranked in the top five for overall governance performance are Mauritius, Cape Verde, Botswana, Seychelles and South Africa.

Angola has improved in three categories, in particular Participation & Human Rights and Human Development, which were Angola‘s weakest scores in 2006.

The categories trends were Sustainable Economic Opportunity where 38 countries improved, three significantly and no country has declined significantly.

Another one is Human Development, in which 48 countries improved. In the health sub-category in particular, all but two countries improved and neither of the two declined.

The other category was Safety & Rule of Law where 36 countries declined and one significantly. In Participation & Human Rights, 39 countries declined and one significantly.

Namibia is a middle-income country whose considerable successes rest on a strong multiparty parliamentary democracy that delivers sound economic management, good governance, basic civic freedoms, and respect for human rights. At independence in 1990, Namibia inherited a well-functioning physical infrastructure, a market economy, rich mineral resources, and a relatively strong public administration.

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