Kigali, 30 July 2013 – The Rwanda Governance Scorecard launched today shows significant improvements in areas of rule of law, participation, political rights and civil liberties. Safety and security indicator ranks best with 91.36% and quality of service delivery ranks last though it has registered an improvement of 4.23%.
Access to legal aid tops the most improved areas with 25.18%. Other most improved sectors include: Civil Society participation (8.28%); vibrancy of non-state actions in policy formulation (8.51%); access to public information (5.5%); control of corruption (5.7%) of and transparency and service delivery in education sector (8.31%).
“Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) is committed to fostering evidence-based and applied research in governance so as to inform policy makers on areas that need improvement and provide them with actionable recommendations,” said Professor Anastase SHYAKA, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).
“A unique and significant aspect of these scorecard vis-à-vis external assessments is that it utilizes indicators from locally-generated data sources, such as citizen perception surveys and detailed institutional data, which are often not considered by external indexes and as we know they are very needed and valuable to adequately drive policy reforms,” Prof Shyaka added.
“This governance scorecard is a commendable innovation by RGB; which underscores again the Government of Rwanda’s high commitment to good governance and accountability as well as innovative measures to attain it. I congratulate the leadership of Rwanda, and RGB in particular, to have taken governance in this country to another level”, commented the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Lamin Momodou Manneh.
Results presented in this scorecard derive from data based on over 200 questions. It measures governance along eight indicators, namely: Rule of Law; Political rights and civil liberties; participation and inclusiveness; safety and security; investing in people; control of corruption, transparency and accountability; quality of service delivery; and economic and corporate governance. They are made up of 35 sub-indicators and 143 qualitative and quantitative sub-sub-indicators from over 30 data sources.
The Rwanda Governance Board developed the Rwanda Governance Scorecard to accurately scale the state of governance in Rwanda, inform policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders so as to drive policy reforms for greater performance and effectiveness of public and private institutions.