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Last Monday 20th November, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, launched the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) in Dakar Senegal.
Sierra Leone was ranked 26th out of the 54 nations of Africa, scoring 51.7 out of 100.0 in overall governance. This score has not moved from 2016 and from 2007 to 2016 the Mo Ibrahim Foundation researchers have shown that overall governance has improved by +0.38.
On the contrary however the overall governance seems to have deteriorated in the last 5 years (2012 to 2016) showing a drop of -0.23, which the researchers flagged as “warning signs.”
The positives however are that the country scored higher than the African average (50.8), even though it fell below the regional average for West Africa (53.8).
According to the IIAG “Sierra Leone achieved its highest category score in Participation & Human Rights (63.4),” and also “its highest sub-category score in National Security (87.6).”
On the down side, the Country got its “lowest category score in Sustainable Economic Opportunity (38.5)” and “its lowest sub-category score in Infrastructure (22.4).” which is a bit surprising.
Even though “the continent achieved its highest Overall Governance score to date (50.8 out of 100.0),” the researchers note that “over the same period, Africa’s annual average rate of improvement in Overall Governance has slowed.”
They furthered “Of the 40 countries improving in Overall Governance during the last decade, more than half (22) have either done so at a slower pace in the last five years (i.e. Rwanda and Ethiopia) or show decline (i.e. Mauritius, Cameroon and Angola).”
Of concern however is that “eight of the 12 countries registering decline in Overall Governance over the past decade are showing no signs of turning things around, with scores decreasing at an even faster rate over the second half of the decade,” and “This group includes Botswana, Ghana, Libya and Mozambique.”
In its statement for the launching, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation noted that, “Worryingly, in a continent where 41% of the population is under 15 years old, progress in Education has nearly ground to halt. Africans are particularly dissatisfied with how governments are addressing changing educational needs, as reflected by the accelerated pace of decline in the Education Provision indicator over the last five years.”
The Chair of the foundation whose name it carries, Mo Ibrahim says “As the index shows us, overall governance in Africa is improving. This is good news. However, the slowing and in some cases even reversing trends in a large number of countries, and in some key dimensions of governance, means that we must be vigilant. Without vigilance and sustained efforts, the progress of recent years could
Monday November 27, 2017.

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