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  • on 29.09.2014
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  • by Kevin Hind

African governance survey sends warning signals 0

Cape Town — Standards of governance in Africa are gradually improving but there are warning signs of backsliding, especially on the economic front, according to the latest edition of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), continent’s most authoritative survey of the way its nations are ruled.

This year’s Ibrahim Index of African Governance shows a “slight improvement” in overall governance over the past five years, but that the improvement has been a little slower than during the previous five years.

However, the trend in the field of “sustainable economic opportunity” – one of four major categories the index uses to judge standards of governance – is more alarming. Whereas opportunities improved in the five years from 2005 to 2009, they have declined in the five years since.

The decline is “a very slightly negative trend, but still negative,” said Nathalie Delapalme, the executive director for research and policy of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which produces the index. “This is something that everybody probably needs to be watchful about.”

In a briefing for AllAfrica ahead of the release of this year’s index, Delapalme and Elizabeth McGrath, the director of the index, also highlighted evidence that even the five best-governed countries on the continent display signs of what Delapalme called “a kind of fatigue or weakness.”

This is particularly so in South Africa, the fourth best-governed country in Africa, which has seen a deterioration over the last five years in two of the four categories of governance: that of safety and the rule of law and that of participation and human rights.

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