War on Corruption, Security Top Governance Scorecard

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By Daniel Sabiiti

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi said Rwanda will not afford to tolerate a culture of poor service delivery.

Safety, security and war on corruption registered the highest score of 92.62%) per cent in the Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2016, released by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).

Overall three indicators out of eight areas of review scored above 80% (green) while five got above 70%.

Safety and Security was the best performer (from 21.96 to 92.62%) while war on corruption coming in the second place (86.6% from 79.4%) and Political Rights and Civil liberties in third place at 81.83% from percent.

This year’s edition shows that Rwanda pegged itself evaluation on global indexes for comparison, used global international reviewers and introduced a new harsher yardstick with 80% as excellence for all indicators compared to the previous assessment in 2014 which stood at 70%.

The worst performers were the rule of law (drooping from 81.6% to 79.6%) and investing in Human and Social Development (dropped from 81.4% to 74.8%) with each dropping by 2% and 6.66% compared to the previous assessment.

Quality of service delivery remained very low staying among the worst indicators which ‘upset’ the Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi for becoming a fourth time least performer in a row

“This is a concern and we raised it during the national dialogue 2016, we cannot afford to tolerate this incompetence at a time when government wants to improve lives and meet our development goals” Murekezi said officially while launching RGS 2016 scoreboard.

The UN Resident Representative in Rwanda, Lamin M. Manneh said that a “73.6% to 81.3% general performance was commendable and funding will be disbursed to improve rule of law which are areas where Rwanda comes under a lot of criticism.

“Rwanda has credit on fighting corruption on the continent but service delivery and investing in human capital reduced because of restructuring of variables, but we are sure these can be improved with funding and focus on mediators” Manneh said.

The first Rwanda Governance Scorecard was released in 2010, followed by a second in 2012. A unique and significant aspect of the scorecard is that it utilizes a wide range of new, locally generated data sources, such as citizen perception and satisfaction surveys and detailed institutional data, which are often not considered by external indexes.
RGS is crafted around eight indicators (1) Rural of Law, (2) Political Rights and Civil liberties, (3) Participation and Inclusiveness, (4) Safety and Security, (5) Investing in Human and Social Development, (6) Control of corruption, Transparency and Accountability, (7) Quality of service delivery, (8) Economic and corporate governance.

These indicators are developed and consolidated on three tier setting: International framework, international indexes and Rwanda specific indicators.  Some international indexes were consulted in developing and consolidating RGS indicators which among others include World Wide governance indicators; Global integrity index and Mo Ibrahim governance index.

In the latest edition (RGS2014), ‘Security and Safety’ maintained the leading performance, while Quality of Service delivery kept the lower rank. On the other hand, ‘Rule of Law’ registered the highest rate of improvement for all editions.






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