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Uganda Ranked Second EAC Country In Good Governance

Uganda has been ranked 20th in good governance in Africa, according to the 2011 report released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Uganda has been ranked 20th in good governance in Africa, according to the 2011 report released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The country scored highest on national security at 72 per cent and lowest on infrastructure with 29 per cent. 

The latest index shows that Uganda has improved since the ranking was launched in 2007, moving from position 25 to 20. 

In East Africa, Tanzania was the best performing country at position 13, followed by Uganda. Kenya came in third at position 23 while Rwanda came in at 25 and Burundi a distant last at 37.Tanzania emerged top in the region after recording improvements in public safety, rule of law and participation and human rights. 

Under the human development category, Uganda scored 65 percent on welfare, education stood at 49 while health got 63 percent. 

The Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a survey designed to encourage good governance has been naming and shaming the worst countries. In the 2011 index, best performing countries include: Mauritius, Cape Verde, Botswana, Seychelles and South Africa. Somalia, Chad and Zimbabwe were lagging behind in this year’s index. 

The index examines 88 indicators and ranks African countries in five areas: overall governance, safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development. It was launched in 2007and is published annually by a foundation created by Sudanese businessman Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel International telecommunications. 

Ibrahim is also the creator of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the world's largest annual prize, established to reward former African leaders for good governance. 

Winners get a five-million-dollar prize split over 10 years, plus 200,000 dollars annually for the rest of their lives and 200,000 dollars a year for charitable causes of their choice. 

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