Kenya has registered an overall improvement in governance over the past decade, a report indicates.
According to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance that was released in Senegal on Monday, Kenya scored 59.3 percent in overall governance, ranking 13th in Africa.
In 2015, when the country was among the top 10 most improved countries in Africa, it scored 58.8 percent and was ranked 14th on the continent.
According to the report, the country’s overall governance progress over the decade can be attributed to four categories; safety and the rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.
Kenya’s highest category score was in human development, at 67.1 percent. Its lowest score was in participation and human rights, at 56.2 percent.
“As the index shows us, overall governance in Africa is improving. This is good news.
“However, the slowing and, in some cases, even reversing trends in a large number of countries, and in some key dimensions of governance, means that we must be vigilant.
“Without vigilance and sustained efforts, the progress of recent years could be in danger of vanishing,” Mr Mo Ibrahim, the chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said as quoted by Daily Nation.
The report shows that infrastructure picked up momentum over the past five years in most countries, while civil society participation in most countries worsened.
The foundation considers both country and indicator trends over the past five years, by evaluating more recent progress in governance alongside long-term performance.
It also provides an annual assessment of the quality of governance in African countries.
Its report is deemed to be the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance.