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Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Summary: The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) is a composite index, constructed by combining underlying indicators in a standardized way to provide a statistical measure of governance performance in African countries.

Main Points: The IIAG provides an annual assessment of governance performance
in Africa.

Funded and led by an African institution, and consisting of 88 indicators drawn from 23 independent international data providers, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance.

The IIAG provides:

·        a framework for citizens, public authorities and partners to assess the effective delivery of public goods and services

·        an instrument for all stakeholders to robustly assess policy outcomes

·        the means to ensure optimal allocation of resources

·        a tool with which to govern

·        strong examples of responsible management

·        a model for success based on a balanced, equitable and inclusive approach to governance

The Foundation is working with Afrobarometer to expand its citizen surveys to cover over two thirds of African countries. 
The Foundation is working with the Global Integrity Trust to maintain a network of experts in every African country to provide assessments of key social, economic and political indicators.

Main components of the 2012 IIAG

1. Safety & Rule of Law

·        Rule of Law (Judicial Process; Judicial Independence; Sanctions; Transfers of Power; Property Rights)

·        Accountability (Accountability, Transparency and Corruption in the Public Sector; Accountability, Transparency and Corruption in Rural Areas; Corruption and Bureaucracy Accountability of Public Officials; Corruption in Government and Public Officials; Prosecution of Abuse of Office)

·        Personal Safety (Domestic Political Persecution; Social Unrest; Safety of the Person; Violent Crime; Human Trafficking

·        National Security (Cross-Border Tensions; Government Involvement in Armed Conflict; Domestic Armed Conflict; Political Refugees; Internally Displaced People)

2. Participation & Human Rights

·        Participation (Free and Fair Executive Elections; Free and Fair Elections; Political Participation; Electoral Self- Determination; Effective Power to Govern)

·        Rights (Core International Human Rights Conventions; Human Rights; Political Rights; Workers’ Rights; Freedom of Expression; Freedom of Association and Assembly; Civil Liberties)

·        Gender (Gender Equality; Gender Balance in Primary and Secondary Education; Women’s Participation in the Labour Force; Equal Representation in Rural Areas; Women in Parliament; Women’s Rights; Legislation on Violence against Women)

3. Sustainable Economic Opportunity

·        Public Management (Statistical Capacity; Public Administration; Inflation; Diversification Reserves; Budget Management; Ratio of Total Revenue
to Total Expenditure; Ratio of Budget Deficit or Surplus to GDP; Fiscal Policy; Ratio of External Debt Service to Exports; Reliability of Financial Institutions; Revenue Collection)

·        Business Environment (Competitive Environment; Investment Climate; Investment Climate for Rural Businesses; Rural Financial Services Development; Bureaucracy and Red Tape)

·        Infrastructure (Access to Electricity; Road and Rail Networks; Air Transport Facilities; Telephone
and IT Infrastructure; Digital Connectivity)

·        Rural Sector (Public Resources for Rural Development; Land and Water for Low- Income Rural Populations; Agricultural Research and Extension Services; Agricultural Input and Produce Markets; Policy and Legal Framework
for Rural Organisations; Dialogue between Government and Rural Organisations)

4. Human Development

·        Welfare (Welfare Regime; Social Protection and Labour; Social Exclusion; Welfare Services (Health and Education); Equity of Public Resource Use; Access to Water; Access to Sanitation; Environmental Policy; Environmental Sustainability)

·        Education (Education Provision and Quality; Ratio of Pupils to Teachers in Primary School; Primary School Completion; Progression to Secondary School; Tertiary Enrolment; Literacy)

·        Health (Maternal Mortality; Child Mortality; Immunisation (Measles and DPT); Antiretroviral Treatment Provision; Disease (Malaria and TB))

Access to database:

Source: 2012 Ibrahim Index of African Governance Summary, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, 2012

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