Government has applauded Rwanda Governance Board for producing the Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2016 and affirmed its commitment to implement embedded recommendations.
The commitment as made by Prime Minister Murekezi while officiating the launch of that national index released Tuesday 31 January 2017 in Kigali.
The Rwanda Governance Scored card 2016 (RGS) showed that Rwanda has registered consistent improvement in different governance and development sectors. Compared to the 2014 edition, six out of eight majored indicators have recorded higher scores while only two presented slight decline.
Three best performer’s indicators of the RGS2016 scored over 80% with Safety and Security leading with 92.62%. This is closely followed by Control of Corruption, Transparency and Accountability standing at 86.56%. Political Rights and Civil liberties scored 81.83%.
Other indicators recorded moderate scores: Rural of Law, 79.68%, Economic and Corporate Governance, 76.82%, Participation and Inclusiveness, 76.48%, investing in Human and Social Development, 74.88% while Quality of service delivery scored least with 72.93%.
In order to fill gaps and address challenges identified by RGS2016, the government were given policy recommendations including : scaling up quality of extension services in agriculture, to design a multi-year nationwide strategy for mainstreaming climate change resilience into development planning; putting in place a multi-year nationwide strategy for sustainable urbanization and rural settlement; reducing charcoal and firewood consumption by switching to gas and electricity, increasing Rwanda’s export capabilities aligning sectoral policy of socio-economic development with those of secondary cities‘ development, to put up mechanisms for effective and accountable delivery of social development innovations and adopting a national policy that ensures compliance with quality service delivery standards in both public and private domains.
“I wish to thank the CE/RGB for his clear presentation on Findings and Key Policy Recommendations on the Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2016. He has helped us to better understand the Rwandan 2016 state of governance, and what we need to do to achieve more good results. The Government of Rwanda is highly committed to implementing the 8 recommendations from RGS 2016.” Said PM Murekezi.
Prof Anastase Shyaka, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Governance Board, says that RGS 2016 clearly shows that Rwanda is making commendable strides towards building and sustaining a social developmental democratic state.
“By using universally recognised indicators of governance and credible selected source of data, RGS has emerged as an evidence-based tool of governance that drives policy and social reforms in Rwanda through identifying challenges and providing actionable recommendations,” Prof Shyaka says.
RGS, a scientifically designed national governance index used to measure and evaluate the state of governance in Rwanda was introduced in 2010. It is crafted around 8 indicators. These indicators are developed and consolidated on three tier setting: International framework, international indexes and Rwanda-specific indicators.
Some international indexes consulted in developing and consolidating RGS indicators include; World Wide governance indicators; Global integrity index and Mo Ibrahim governance index.
The unique aspect of the RGS vis-à-vis external assessments is that it utilises a plethora of new, locally-generated data sources, primary and secondary data which are often not captured by external indexes. It collects data from 54 sources including perception surveys like Citizen Report Card, National Reconciliation Barometer, Civil Society Barometer and Media Barometer among others. RGS also utilises secondary data from academia, Think Tanks and Civil Society Organisations as well as data from international reports.
Lamin M. Manneh, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, considers RGS as an important tool for governance.
“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,” Lamin notes.
As indicated by the previous editions of the Rwanda Governance Scorecard, Security and Safety still leads the pack, while Quality of Service delivery is still ranked lowest.
In the last five years of the RGS ‘Rule of Law’ registered the highest rate of improvement with a cumulative improvement rate of 11.97%.
In the sub-indicators category, SMEs development and the Right to Media Freedom registered the highest improvement rate with 13.78% and 10.63% respectively.