The report card of how former President Tejan Kabbah performed while in office during the years 2000 to 2005 has been released by the Mo Ibrahim foundation which published the Ibrahim index of African governance yesterday Wednesday 25th September 2007.
The 60 year old Sudanese born billionaire Dr Mo Ibrahim who is Chairman of the foundation has pledged to reward African leaders who have demonstrated excellence in African leadership with a five million dollar prize after they leave office.
As a result the board of the Mo Ibrahim foundation selected an eminent group of African academics with whose help the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University developed a new ranking of governance quality in sub-saharan Africa.
The Index published yesterday Wednesday ranks Sierra Leone 39th out of 48 African countries.
The researchers applied 58 separate measurements to each country to elicit scores for five larger categories, which include Safety and Security, Rule of Law, Transparency and Corruption, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Sierra Leone scored relatively high marks under Safety and Security (72.0) and Participation and Human Rights (68.4) but scored very poorly under Rule of Law, Transparency and Corruption (35.1) and Sustainable Economic Opportunity (39.4)
The worst score was under Human Development (26.4)
On the whole, ranked 39th Sierra Leone scored 48.3 on the Ibrahim index.
All was not gloom and doom however as the change in rankings showed 2 places between the years 2000 and 2005 which signifies the level of progress that was made by the Tejan Kabbah government.
Mauritius received the highest ranking in the index.
Under Safety and Security, Mauritius was ranked highest while Sudan was ranked lowest. For Rule of Law, Transparency and Corruption Botswana was ranked best while Somalia was ranked worst. On Participation and Human Rights again Mauritius was ranked best with Somalia again ranked worst. For Sustainable Economic Opportunity Seychelles was ranked best while again Somalia was ranked worst. Under Human Development Seychelles was ranked best with Chad ranked worst.
The most improved country was Rwanda while DR Congo dropped back the farthest.
On the whole 27 countries progressed while 21 countries fell back.
Dr Mo Ibrahim founded Celtel which is one of the best Telecommunications network in Africa.