Africa powerhouses 'fail' in governance

2012-10-15 14:43

Cape Town – Governance has improved in many African countries since 2000 but there are some unfavourable shifts in South Africa and other regional African powerhouses, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) said on Monday.

IIAG said regional powerhouses, among them, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa had shown poor governance performance since 2006.

"Over the past six years, all four countries have declined in two of the four main IIAG categories – Safety & Rule of Law and Participation & Human Rights.

Each of these four countries deteriorated the most in the participation sub-category, which assesses the extent to which citizens have the freedom to participate in the political process," IIAG said.
South Africa and Kenya were also mentioned as giving registered declines in Sustainable Economic Opportunity.

According to IIAG, Nigeria, west Africa's powerhouse, for the first time this year, fell into the bottom 10 governance performers on the continent. South Africa came 3rd out of 12 countries in southern Africa, and 5th out of 52 overall.

Abdoulie Janneh, former executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa and board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: "Given the vast natural and human resources of these four regional powers, these governance results are a concern.

Each of these countries plays a key role in the economic and political landscape of the continent. To continue to optimally play this role requires a sustained commitment to balanced and equitable governance."

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  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-15 15:04

    Now why does that not surprise me!

  • aijaman.pirlo - 2012-10-15 15:27

    DA is the problem...Hellen Zille!!!!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-15 16:10

      Yes, she is the problem as she is not yet in the presidential seat to show Zuma how a real set of balls looks by running the country for the benefit of the people, not herself. I can guarantee you that she will cut the salaries of government officials, as well as all the dead wood in the country, build more jails, prosecute the tenderpreneurs and fraudsters, weed out the corrupt municipalities, build more jails as the number of convictions grow, improve education, prosecute corrupt Education officials, stimulate the economy as in the Cape to create more jobs, weed out corrupt SAPS members, sigh, build more jails. Just to fix what the ANC broke and recover the money they stole will ensure 100% employment for years to come.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-15 15:28

    Shocking. Millions of people on the continent and this is the conclusion? Whats that ? 30 countries?

  • sxp - 2012-10-15 16:00

    This comes as no surprise. They inherited and showed us all that the old saying, easy come, easy go, is still really true. Apart from that greed and ideological outdated thinking made sure Africa's people will for the most part be paupers, compared to those on other continents.

  • ed.carter.351 - 2012-10-15 16:12

    Shhhhhhh, they going to blame apartheid and colonialism.

  • trevor.leon.5 - 2012-10-15 17:34

    and this is supposed to come as a suprise? there's a reason they should have remained "hewers of wood"

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-15 20:02

    I don't consider any country in Africa to be well governed or prosperous for its people

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