The Mo Ibrahim Index: How does Sierra Leone perform?

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October 7, 2015 

Preamble

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) measures the quality of governance in every African country on an annual basis. It does this by compiling data from diverse global sources to build an accurate and detailed picture of governance performance in African countries.

The broad aim of the IIAG is to better inform and sustain the debate on African governance by providing a transparent and user-friendly resource to:

• support citizens, governments, institutions and the private sector to accurately assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes.

• encourage data-driven narratives on governance issues.

• help determine, debate and strengthen government performance.

The IIAG was created in 2007 in recognition of the need for a quantifiable tool to accurately measure and monitor African governance performance, its progress over time and across countries, and as a means of supporting effective and responsive solutions to complex public policy challenges in developing countries. Policies need to be evaluated by their results, which can only be done if accompanied by robust data.

How does Sierra Leone perform?

Sierra Leone’s overall governance performance has continued to progress; faltering scores in ‘Safety & Rule of Law and Participation & Human Rights’ have not offset broad improvement achieved in ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’ and ‘Human Development’.

Sierra Leone shows improvement across all the sub-categories of ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’ and ‘Human Development’, albeit from a low base. It shows a particularly positive trend in ‘Public Management’, in which it has demonstrated the largest improvement in West Africa. Nevertheless despite these positive developments Sierra Leone remains in the bottom half of the rankings in these categories.

Overall governance: marginal improvement in performance

Sierra Leone scores 51.0 (out of 100) in overall governance, ranking 25th (out of 54) in Africa.

Sierra Leone shows overall governance improvement (+0.7) since 2011.

Sierra Leone scores higher than the African average and lower than the regional average for West Africa.

Sierra Leone is ranked 6th in West Africa in overall governance.

Safety & Rule of Law: improvement in ‘Rule of Law’ balanced by decline in ‘National Security’

Sierra Leone scores 58.0 in ‘Safety & Rule of Law’, ranking 17th on the continent.

Within the ‘Safety & Rule of Law’ category, Sierra Leone’s best sub-category performance is in ‘National Security’, scoring 82.9.

Sierra Leone’s weakest sub-category performance in the ‘Safety & Rule of Law’ category is in ‘Accountability’, scoring 35.8.

Sierra Leone has shown a deterioration (-0.1) in ‘Safety & Rule of Law’ since 2011. This has been driven by deterioration in two of the four sub-categories: ‘Accountability’ (-2.1) and ‘National Security’ (-6.4).

Participation & Human Rights: performance falters in Participation and Rights

Sierra Leone scores 60.8 in ‘Participation & Human Rights’, ranking 16th on the continent. Within the ‘Participation & Human Rights’ category, Sierra Leone’s best sub-category performance is in ‘Gender’, scoring 62.8.

Sierra Leone’s weakest sub-category performance in the ‘Participation & Human Rights’ category is in ‘Rights’, scoring 58.5.

Sierra Leone has shown a deterioration (-0.1) in ‘Participation & Human Rights’ since 2011. This has been driven by deterioration in two of the three sub-categories: Participation (-2.5) and Rights (-2.0).

Sustainable Economic Opportunity: broad-based improvement across all sub-categories

Sierra Leone scores 39.9 in ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’, ranking 33rd on the continent. Within the ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’ category, Sierra Leone’s best sub-category performance is in ‘Rural Sector’, scoring 54.4.

Sierra Leone’s weakest sub-category performance in the ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’ category is in ‘Infrastructure’, scoring 21.3.

Sierra Leone has shown an improvement (+1.1) in ‘Sustainable Economic Opportunity’ since 2011. This has been driven by improvement in all four sub-categories: Public Management (+2.4), Business Environment (+1.5), Infrastructure (+0.3) and Rural Sector (+0.1).

Human Development: Sierra Leone’s largest category improvement

Sierra Leone scores 45.1 in ‘Human Development’, ranking 46th on the continent. Within the ‘Human Development’ category, Sierra Leone’s best sub-category performance is in ‘Health’, scoring 50.7.

Sierra Leone’s weakest sub-category performance in the ‘Human Development’ category is in ‘Education’, scoring 41.6.

Sierra Leone has shown an improvement (+2.0) in ‘Human Development’ since 2011. This has been driven by improvement in all three sub-categories: Welfare (+0.3), Education (+2.7) and Health (+3.2).

NOTE: All trends referred to are calculated since 2011, unless otherwise specified.


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