Swaziland ranks 47 out of 52 African nations for 'Participation & Human Rights' in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) published on Monday (14 October 2013).
And, in the sub-category 'Participation' it ranks 50 out of 52.
On a scale of 100, 'Participation' in Swaziland, which is ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, gets a score of 11.9. Meanwhile on 'National Security' it scores 90.
The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Swaziland's performance across four categories of governance: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Despite improvements since 2000, Swaziland's governance score remains below the continental average for Africa as well as the regional average for Southern Africa. Swaziland gets 50.8 out of a 100.
The IIAG provides a framework for stakeholders to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes, in every African nation.
Governance is defined by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as 'the provision of the political, social and economic public goods and services that a citizen has the right to expect from his or her state, and that a state has the responsibility to deliver to its citizens'.