TZ gets positive results in Index

Tuesday November 21 2017


By Syriacus Buguzi @buguzi

        Dar es Salaam. Tanzania has registered an overall improvement in governance over the last decade, says the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) report unveiled yesterday.

The index, titled: “Positive outlook for African governance, but some warning signs,’’ shows that there is a quickening pace of improvement in governance in the country in the last five years, says.

The index further reveals that Tanzania was ranked higher than the African average (50.8) and higher than the average for East Africa (45.2), scoring 57.5 (out of 100.0) in overall governance, and ranking 17th (out of 54) in Africa.

Tanzania achieved its highest category score in safety and rule of law (62.9), and its lowest score in sustainable economic opportunity (49.5).

In other areas, the country bagged the highest sub-category score in national security (91.1), but its lowest sub-category score was in infrastructure (36.1).

The index says that over the last five years, Tanzania shows signs of ‘increasing improvement’ in overall governance as the African continent’s overall governance trajectory remains positive on average.

The report has, however, pointed out that the continent has moved at a slower pace in recent years.

As many countries struggle to build on recent progress or to reverse negative trends, and as concerns emerge in some key sectors, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is calling for vigilance on the continent’s future.

The eleventh edition of the IIAG looks at both country and indicator trends over the last five years (2012-2016), within the context of the last decade (2007-2016).

By evaluating more recent progress on governance alongside long-term performance, the 2017 IIAG provides the most nuanced assessment to date of the evolution.