Botswana is once more 3rd overall out of 54 African countries in the 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) , but with a reduced score of 74.2 percent down from 76.2 percent in 2014.
The same modestly downward trend is apparent in the ratings of the other top countries, as well as the continent as a whole. Mauritius once more took the top overall position with a score of 79.9 percent down from 81.7 percent in 2014, followed by Cabo Verde at 74.5 percent down from 76.6 in 2014.
The IAAG Index consists of four overarching categories with 14 sub-indices.
In the four overarching categories, Botswana was 2nd in the areas of Safety and Security with a score of 82.7, ranking third in areas of Human Development with a score of 79.5, fourth in terms of Sustainable Economic Opportunity with a score of 66.1 and eighth in terms of Participation and Human Rights with a score of 68.7
Among the indices Botswana continued to score highest on the continent in terms of the rule of law and accountability, while coming in second in terms of public management and social welfare. Botswana was weakest in the area of gender, being only ranked 19 on the continent largely due to decreased female representation in politics and the judiciary. Botswana’s
The Ibrahim Index of African Governance is an analysis by Mo Ibrahim Foundation aimed at improving the level of governance of African countries. The annual index provides a framework for citizens hold governments accountable, while helping governments to focus attention on creating prosperous nations by ensuring better delivery of goods and services, and favourable policy outcomes, across every country on the continent.