KAMPALA-The coveted Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance has ranked Uganda 18th out of 52 African countries.
Uganda, according to the report released yesterday, scored 56 per cent out of 100-higher than the African average of 51.6.
Uganda has shown its biggest improvement in the category of Human Development. Human Development measures welfare, education and health since 2000.
The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Uganda’s performance across four categories of governance: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
The Mo Ibrahim index also awards African leaders for achievement in African leadership. However, the award has not been awarded for the fourth time running.
The award, set up by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim in 2007, carries a $5 million (about Shs12billion) prize paid over 10 years and $200,000 (about Shs500million) annually for life from then on, with a further $200,000 per year available for 10 years for good causes backed by the winner.
The award goes to a democratically elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office in the last three years.
In the governance ranking, Uganda ranked fourth out of eleven in the East African region.
The report further shows that Uganda ranked highest in the category Participation and Human Rights and ranked lowest in the category Safety & Rule of Law where she was put at 27 out of 52.