The Mo Ibrahim governance index for 2017 has pointed out governance is deteriorating in Ghana.
According to the report, even though governance in Africa saw some growth in recent years, it has significantly slowed.
“As many countries struggle to build on recent progress or to reverse negative trends, and as concerns emerge in some key sectors, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is calling for vigilance on the continent’s future,” the report said.
On Ghana specifically, it said: “ in overall governance, Ghana scored 65.0 (out of 100.0) ranking 8th (out of 54) in Africa. The country scored higher than the African average (50.8) and higher than the regional average for West Africa (53.8).
“While Ghana achieved its highest category score in Participation & Human Rights (72.0), its lowest category score is in Sustainable Economic Opportunity (51.1)”.
The report also said on the Rule of Law, Ghana scored its highest sub-category score of (88.7), and its lowest sub-category score in Infrastructure (40.1).
“Over the last five years, Ghana shows signs of ‘Increasing Deterioration’ in Overall Governance. Ghana registered Overall Governance deterioration over the decade at an annual average trend of -0.17, with the pace of decline quickening in the last five years at an annual average trend of -0.70,” it said.