Zambia has been ranked number 18 out of 53 countries in the 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
The Ibrahim index Measures the delivery of public goods and services to citizens by government and nonstate actors.
Zambia scored lower than the regional average for Southern Africa which was 57, and scored higher than the continental average which was 49.
At sub-category level, Zambia’s highest rank was in National Security were she was ranked 6th and was lowest in Education being ranked 44th.
The country is ranked 15th in rule of law category whose African average is 49, scoring 61, while in the accountability and corruption category she is ranked 18th against the continental average of 43.
Zambia is ranked sixth out of 12 countries in Southern Africa but not in the top ten Africa countries.
The index – a brainchild of Sudanese-British entrepreneur, Mo Ibrahim – rates all the continent’s countries on their levels of safety, economic opportunity, development, and human rights.
The foundation did not give an award for Achievement in African Leadership this year.
Past winners have been Nelson Mandela, former Mozambican president, Joaquim Chissano and former Botswana President, Festus Mogae.
According to the index, Mauritius was the best performing country in the region in all four categories of the Ibrahim Index and consequently for overall governance quality.
Zimbabwe was the worst performing country in the region in Safety and Rule of Law and Sustainable Economic Opportunity, and consequently for overall governance quality.
The Index shows recent gains in many countries in human and economic development but declines in political rights, personal safety and the rule of law.
The Ibrahim Index is published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organization committed to supporting good governance and great leadership in Africa. It was established to inform and empower the continent’s citizens and to support governments, parliaments and civil society to assess progress and track governance performance in Africa.
‘The 2010 Ibrahim Index gives us a mixed picture about recent progress on governance across the continent. While many African citizens are becoming healthier and have greater access to economic opportunities than five years ago, many of them are less physically secure and less politically enfranchise,’ Mo Ibrahim, Fou nder and Chair of the Foundation, said when commenting on the latest index.
Salim Ahmed Salim, board member of the Foundation and former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity, said: ‘We must ensure that the political s ide of governance in Africa is not neglected. We have seen from evidence and experience across the world that discrepancies between political governance and economic management are unsustainable in the long term. If Africa is going to continue to make progress we need to pay attention to the rights and safety of citizens.’