Uganda is among the best governed countries in East Africa and on the continent, according to the 2011 Ibrahim Index of the continent's governance.
Uganda with a score of 55, was ranked third best out of the 12 countries categorised by the index under East Africa. Uganda followed the best two in the region; Seychelles which scored 73 and Tanzania at 58.
Kenya followed Uganda in the region. Rwanda, Djibouti, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia followed in the same order of quality of governance.
The ranking was based on safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.
More so, of the 53 countries ranked in Africa, Uganda still stands among the best governed countries, in the 20th position.
The index was launched on Tuesday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organisation that supports good governance and great leadership in Africa.
Established in 2007, the Ibrahim Index is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data, providing an annual assessment of governance performance in every African country.
Uganda this time still scored higher than the regional average for East Africa which is 46. It also scored higher than the continent's average which is 50.
At sub-category level, Uganda's highest rank is in the rule of law (9th) and lowest in national security (39th).
Over the past five years (between 2006 and 2010), Uganda's overall governance quality improved.