Mo-Ibrahim Foundation report points to a decline in good governance in Africa
“Every time the situation deteriorates in terms of security and the rule of law, governance declines”
Even if the level of global governance is better in 2021 than in 2012, progress has stalled for three years, worrying Nathalie Delapalme, executive director of the Mo Ibrahim foundation.
RFI: The democratic decline began before the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. How do you explain it? ?
Nathalie Delapalme : This stalemate is essentially driven, I would say solely driven, by an accelerating deterioration in bottom line, security performance and rule of law. What is emphasized is that every time the situation deteriorates in terms of security and the rule of law, governance also declines. You have 32 countries where the situation deteriorated between 2012 and 2021.
In your ranking, Mauricio occupies the first place for the fourth consecutive year, but you also underline a regression, why?
When you look closely at Mauritius, you see that across all three dimensions (security/rule of law, participation/inclusion, economic opportunity base) the situation is deteriorating faster and faster in the second part of the 2012-2021 period. Regarding the dimension of human development, the deterioration is also there. If you don’t have a government that is balanced on these four dimensions, overall government performance falls.
What lessons should be drawn from your index?
The index is not intended to provide advice on security and the rule of law. It is simply a consolidated dashboard that takes into account all the different dimensions of governance. If we do not raise the bar fast enough, especially on security issues, Africa will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063. .