This Tuesday, January 31st 2017, The Rwanda Governance Board published The Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS). This is an annual publication that seeks to gauge the state of governance in Rwanda. It considers 8 observed dimensions of governance that constitute 8 composite governance indicators with 37 sub-indicators and 150 variables.
It is of utmost importance for RGB to learn from the past and continue to improve the accuracy and relevance of its products. For this reason, the RGS 2016 has retained the 8 aggregated indicators of governance, namely:
(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.
On behalf of RGB, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer addressed the following. “Rwanda Governance Board is pleased to publish the 2016 Rwanda Governance Scorecard – RGS. This edition coincides with two major events: first is the 5th anniversary of the RGS since it was published for the first time. Second, this year RGB is being turned into a special organ with extended responsibilities in improving service delivery across public and private domains and expanded research scope and capabilities”.
On the same occasion, different high personalities expressed their gratitude and congratulated RGB for this scientific work. Among others, Lamin Manneh, Jon Clifton, Dr. Margee Ensign, Jendayi E. Frazer, Dr. Frank Okuthe-Oyugi, etc. The following was kept in minds:
[…] There is growing consensus among political and development practitioners about the critical importance of good governance to sustainable development and stability of all societies. For instance, development experts assert that […] if Africa’s 54 countries practice good governance, their economies will grow, poverty will be eliminated and […] people will enjoy prosperity and stability. But progress towards the ideal forms of governance necessarily takes time and is influenced by context specific variables. Thus, measuring progress at given intervals is of great importance to all the stakeholders. The Rwanda Governance Scorecard has, through rigorous research and empirical analysis underpinning advocacy work and policy making, undoubtedly established a proven track record in advancing good governance in Rwanda. The One UN Rwanda, especially UNDP, is pleased to be an important partner to the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Governance Board in this endeavor.
He added “RGS has become a veritable instrument for assessing governance performance in Rwanda […] and therefore for providing guidance as to areas that need improvement and by extension enabling partners to have a precise idea about areas to which they could focus their assistance for further deepening governance in the country”.
[…] The 2016 Rwandan Governance Scorecard lays out all available data on Rwanda to evaluate eight key areas of governance. It shows where the country is succeeding — and where it isn’t. Most importantly, it gives wellbeing-based policy recommendations for the country to continue building on its impressive progress over the past two decades [….]
The Rwandan Governance Scorecard, which covers indicators of economic, social and political progress, is a model not only for the African continent, but for all governments. It reflects a transparent government that is fully committed to improvements in human wellbeing and a willingness to be held fully accountable.
RGB is to be congratulated for developing RGS into a world-class index built on global standards of governance and tailored to local context. It is transparent in its methods and sources which lends credibility and legitimacy to RGS. In terms of measuring performance and driving transformation, the 2016 edition puts the bar very high. An indicator is considered performing well if it scores 80% and above instead of 75% previously. This propels RGS as a tool that is likely to catalyze rapid positive change and growth. Most importantly, the RGS proposed policy recommendations which, if implemented, will spur Rwanda to a higher level as a developmental state.
A new value addition to the current RGS as proof to its dynamism, is the reformulated and re-crafted indicators as well as additional variables such as Social Protection, and the application of IT in Court processes.
According to findings of RGS 2016, the best performing indicator is Safety and Security, which scores 92,26 %; while Quality of service delivery is the least, with 72%. Only 3 of 8 indicators scored high, with more than 80%. These include safety and security (92,26), Control of corruption, Transparency and Accountability(86,56%) and Political Rights and Civil liberties(81,83%).
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