Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda's Chosen Governance Path Is Paying Off - Anastase Shyaka

A Gallup Poll 2012 released on October 31 has shown that Rwanda's chosen governance path is yielding results. Rwanda sits on top of the world with 92% in safety and security of the Law and Order indicator by Gallup. It comes ahead of other table toppers such as Georgia (91%), Qatar (91%), Singapore (89%), Indonesia (88%) and Hong Kong (88%).

The country score in the Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2012 (to be made public later this month) is 91.63%.

In its report named "Global states of Mind", Gallup measured countries along the following indicators: Safety and security, rule of law, political rights and civil liberties, participation and inclusiveness, investing in people, control of corruption, transparency and accountability, quality of service delivery, and economic & corporate governance.

According to a press release, the head of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) Prof Anastase Shyaka commented on the report yesterday (November 4) and expressed satisfaction that the governance approach the country has chosen to apply is working for its people as reported in the Gallup's World Poll of 2012.

RGB's CEO emphasized the need for research institutions anywhere in the World to make scientific evidence the guiding tool. He said that it's critical that institutions involved in measuring governance across various countries rely on data gathered from the ground. "This should be the guiding principle for any research if the process is to be seen as objective and ethical and findings regarded as reliable," stated Prof Shyaka.

Rwanda scored very impressively also on the widespread of corruption in government with 12%. It comes out second best worldwide, only bettered by Singapore (5%). Sweden comes third with 13%, followed by Hong Kong at 15% and Denmark in 5th position with 17%. In the Rwanda governance Scorecard 2012 the incidence of corruption in public sector stands at 11.37%.

According to Prof. Shyaka, Rwanda will continue to build on the successes mentioned above in the effort to take good governance to even a higher level. For him Rwanda scoring best and second best on two out of seven key indicators is a great achievement. "We can only focus on consolidating it."

Prof Shyaka stressed that it is impressive that some findings of the worldwide research initiative, particularly in the areas of safety and security, and widespread of corruption (corruption incidence) indicators matched the accuracy of RGB's own Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2012. "This is a confirmation of what any researcher knows that when different assessments are conducted using reliable data, gaps in findings tend to be at a bare minimum. It is the intention of RGB to continue excelling in evidence based research to promote good governance for national progress".

The Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leaders ranks Rwanda as the safest place to live in Africa, at 92 percent, while the Rwanda governance scorecard (to be made public early next month by RGB) gives a score of 91.35%. "Mainly Due to methodology gaps and unreliable data sources, the Mo Ibrahim IIAG has got very different scores for Rwanda at below 50%," stated Prof Shyaka.

The African countries top the list of countries where citizens are least likely to feel safe, with 50% of the countries with a least secure situation.

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