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The recent Index of African Governance by the Mo Ibrahim foundation has showed how overall governance performance in Africa has declined in recent years.

Ratings from 2019 revealed how for the first time in a decade there has been general decline in citizens’ participation, human rights, rule of law and security on the continent.

The lack of progress has also been were worsened by the impact of Covid-19, according to the report.

“In terms of Participation, Rights & Inclusion, progress was slowing long before the pandemic, and economic opportunity was set on a positive course of sustained progress,” the reported mentioned.

Last year’s score on governance fell by 0.2 points below that of 2018 but progress has been slowing since 2015.

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“This is a testing time for Africa…Citizens’ dissatisfaction and mistrust with governance delivery are growing.

African states have an opportunity to demonstrate both their resolve to safeguard democracy and their ability to drive a new growth model,” said the foundation’s chair Mo Ibrahim.

The researchers however found that a majority of Africans live in a country where governance is better than it was a decade ago.

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The report noted that “over the last decade, governance dimensions have followed diverging paths.

Only eight countries managed to improve in all four categories over the decade: Angola, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Sudan and Togo.”

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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