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Africa's governance improves despite geopolitical tremors: survey
Last Updated: 2017-11-21 07:20 | Xinhua
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African countries have made significant improvement in political and economic governance in the last decade despite disruptions in world order, said a survey released on Monday.

The 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched by Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Monday, painted a positive picture on the overall governance trends in Africa but warned against complacency that could slow down this progress.

"Over the last 10 years, 40 African countries have improved in overall governance. In the last five years, 18 of these, a third of the continent's countries and home to 58 percent of African citizens, including Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco, Namibia, and Senegal, have managed to accelerate their progress," according to the survey.

In 2016, Africa achieved its highest overall governance score in recent history, standing at 50.8 out of 100.0, the survey said.

However, the progress in Africa's governance is experiencing some hiccups, hence the need for governments and non-state actors to intensify vigilance.

"Africa's annual average rate of improvement in governance has slowed. Of the 40 countries improving overall governance during the last decade, more than half (22) have done so at a slower pace or declined," the survey said.

The survey revealed that eight of the 12 countries registering decline in overall governance over the past decade have not demonstrated the willingness to reverse the trend.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance assesses progress in critical areas like health, education and social welfare that countries in the world's second largest continent have made.

According to the survey, there has been marked improvement in these sectors in the first half of this decade thanks to robust state financing and policy reforms.

The survey hailed progress made in infrastructure development across Africa, saying it unleashed positive economic and social outcomes in the continent.

African countries surveyed in the Mo Ibrahim report have also made progress in entrenching the rule of law, inclusivity and respect to diversity.

The survey noted that free and fair elections have become the norm in many African countries but warned of escalating violence and crime that may derail this progress.

Mo Ibrahim, the founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, lauded African countries for their concerted efforts to improve governance and the rule of law.

"As the index shows us, overall governance in Africa is improving. This is good news. However, the slowing and in some cases even reversing trends in a large number of countries, and in some key dimension of governance, means that we must be vigilant," Ibrahim said.

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