Launch of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG): Reflections on governance performance on the African continent and in South Africa
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) hosted a high-level discussion on the results of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Following the IIAG’s global online launch on 29 October, representatives from government, private sector, diplomats and civil society gathered on Friday, 2 November to discuss the findings and trends of the 2018 IIAG, and what they mean for Africa.
The event opened with welcoming remarks by Abdoulie Janneh, MIF Executive Director and Professor Eddy Maloka, APRM Chief Executive Officer. Their contributions outlined the complementing role that both organisations seek to play in improving good governance across the continent by assessing progress in areas such as transparency, openness, accountability, and inclusiveness.
The keynote address was delivered by Minister Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in South Africa. Minister Mkhize encouraged public service institutions to provide leadership based on integrity, selflessness and loyalty in order to improve public governance.
Minister Mkhize commented:
Panellists responding to the Minister Mkhize’s address were senior diplomats, officials and academics, including; H.E. Kintu Nyago, Ambassador of Uganda to South Africa; Professor Thuli Madonsela, Social Justice Chair, University of Stellenbosch and former Public Protector; Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Chair of the IIAG Advisory Council; Malango Mughogho, Managing Director, ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance and former Ibrahim Leadership Fellow; Kimi Makwetu, Auditor General of South Africa; Jay Naidoo, MIF Board member; Professor Somadoda Fikeni, University of South Africa and Mandipa Ndlovu, Research Analyst, University of Cape Town and former Ibrahim Scholar.
The launch event also hosted presentations on the IIAG findings by Nathalie Delapalme, MIF Executive Director, as well as an analysis of South Africa’s governance performance by Yannick Vuylsteke, Head of the IIAG, and Jean-Yves Adou, Head of Division on Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, APRM.
Nathalie Delapalme commented:
Professor Eddy Maloka commented:
Mr Jay Naidoo commented:
It was concluded by participants at the event, that in order to move forward and improve Africa’s governance landscape, it is important to place youth in leadership positions by equipping them with rights, knowledge, tools and values.