Mo Ibrahim Foundation | Again, No African Leader Wins Annual Good Governance Prize

Posted October 16, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Africa ~ 4,073 views



The New York Times — LONDON — For the fourth time in five years, a prestigious multi-million-dollar prize offered annually to African leaders for good government went un-awarded on Monday, renewing questions about the stringency of its rules, the paucity of candidates and the state of democracy on the continent.

The prize, endowed by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudan-born telecommunications billionaire, is intended to reward democratically elected African leaders who retire voluntarily at the conclusion of their mandated terms after displaying strong qualities of governance and leadership.

The prize is worth $5 million over the first 10 years, followed by a stipend of at least $200,000 a year.

Since its creation seven years ago, it has been awarded three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires, the former president of Cape Verde, was the most recent recipient. Nelson Mandela was given an honorary award.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation said Monday that it considered every African head of state or government who had retired since 2010 before deciding not to award the prize this year. The foundation did not elaborate on its reasons for withholding the award.

The chairman of the panel that considers candidates for the award is Salim Ahmed Salim, a former secretary general of the Organization of African Unity and a former prime minister of Tanzania. He said in a statement that the award “honors former heads of state or government who, during their mandate, have demonstrated excellence in leading their country and, by doing so, serve as role models for the next generation.” But “after careful consideration,” he added, “the prize committee has determined not to award the 2013 Prize for Excellence in Leadership.”

The foundation made public on Monday its annual assessment of the state of African governance, concluding that while “overall governance continues to improve at the continental level,” aspects of life in Africa like personal safety and the rule of law had “declined worryingly.”

There is “a widening span in performance between the best and worst governed countries,” the assessment said, and that divergence “may sound a warning signal, with the new century seeing fewer regional conflicts but increased domestic social unrest.”


Uganda ranks 18th out of 52 in 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Since 2000, Uganda progressed most in the category Human Development.

The 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released today, shows Uganda ranks 18th out of 52

African countries.
The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Uganda’s performance across four categories of governance: Safety & rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. Since 2000, Uganda has shown its biggest improvement in the category of Human Development. Human
Development measures welfare, education and health. The 2013 IIAG shows that 94% of Africans – including those in Uganda – live in a country that has experienced
overall governance improvement since 2000. The 6% of people living in a country that has experienced governance deterioration since 2000 are based in Madagascar, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Libya and Mali.

Uganda’s performance in the 2013 IIAG:

 Ranks 18th (out of 52) overall
 Scores 56.0 (out of 100), higher than the African average (51.6)
 Has improved by +5.5 since 2000
 Ranks 4th (out of 11) in the East Africa region
 Scores higher than the regional average for East Africa (47.9)
 Ranks its highest in the category Participation and Human Rights (18th out of 52)
 Ranks its lowest in the category Safety & Rule of Law (27th out of 52)
 Ranks its highest in the sub-category Gender (7th out of 52) and ranks its lowest in the sub-category National Security (36th out of 52)

Uganda’s category and sub-category scores:

Category / Sub-Category Rank (out of 52)
Change in Rank since 2000
Score (100 = highest)
Change in Score since 2000

Overall 18 +6 56.0 +5.5
Safety & Rule of Law 27 +3 54.5 +1.4
Rule of Law 15 -7 55.7 -13.9
Accountability 32 -9 37.8 -6.4
Personal Safety 23 +17 46.5 +2.2
National Security 36 +4 77.9 +23.7
Participation & Human Rights 18 +3 56.3 +7.1
Participation 20 +8 53.4 +20.3
Rights 27 -7 44.5 -9.2
Gender 7 -1 70.9 +10.1
Sustainable Economic Opportunity 19 -7 51.8 +1.2
Public Management 20 -1 56.8 +2.7
Business Environment 17 -6 58.2 -0.1
Infrastructure 34 0 26.9 +7.5
Rural Sector 10 -9 65.3 -5.4
Human Development 20 -1 61.5 +12.2
Welfare 15 -3 60.7 +3.1
Education 25 +2 53.7 +13.5
Health 28 0 70.2 +20.0

East Africa’s performance in the 2013 IIAG:

 East Africa ranks 4th out of five regions at the overall governance level. This has been the case every year since 2000
 Five out of the 11 countries in the region score above the continental average (51.6)
 One East African country (Seychelles) ranks in the top ten in the 2013 IIAG, and two countries (Eritrea and Somalia) rank in the bottom ten
 East Africa’s overall score has improved by +3.6 since 2000. Three categories have shown improvements since 2000: Participation & Human Rights (+1.5), Sustainable Economic Opportunity (+3.3) and Human Development (+11.0)
 Safety & Rule of Law is the only category in East Africa that has declined since 2000 (-1.3)
 East Africa had its highest overall score since 2000 in 2012. The region declined in three periods: 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011
 Seychelles is the highest-ranking country in the region, ranking 4th (out of 52) overall and scoring 75.0
 Somalia is the lowest-ranking country in the region, ranking 52nd (out of 52) overall, and scoring 8.0

Notes to editors
The full data set of the 2013 IIAG will be published on the Foundation’s website on Monday 14th October.

To request an interview, or to ask about broadcast footage of the IIAG announcement, please contact:

 Francisca Souto de Moura,, +44 (0) 20 7842 0148, +44 (0) 770 367 3867
 Janet Sebastian,, +44 (0) 20 7535 5088, +44 (0) 7817723720

The Foundation’s media page,, will include the following further resources:

 The full IIAG dataset
 52 country specific news releases
 The 2013 IIAG Summary Report
 Photographs
 Background materials #IIAG

The press conference will be streamed live on the Foundation’s website at 9amGMT/10am BST, where journalists, civil society and the general public will also be able to submit live questions. The live stream is accessible here:

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)

Established in 2007, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa. Compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions, it provides an annual assessment of governance in fifty-two African countries.

Data used in the compilation of the 2013 IIAG are from 2000 – 2012.

The IIAG provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and
policy outcomes, across Africa.

The IIAG provides a tool with which to govern, highlighting continental, regional, national and thematic governance results.

The data are classified within four categories: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

The IIAG is compiled using many international and African sources. A full list of sources and a summary of the IIAG’s methodology can be found at

The Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan are not yet included in the IIAG due to a lack of sufficient disaggregated data.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support advancements in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to bring about meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, helps to define, assess and enhance governance and leadership in Africa using the following tools:

 Ibrahim Index of African Governance
 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
 Ibrahim Forum
 Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

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