Mo Ibrahim Foundation launching 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2018:

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is pleased to announce the launch of the 12th annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), taking place on Monday 29 October 2018, when the results and analysis will be shared with the public at

To mark the launch, Dr Mo Ibrahim will participate in a Facebook Live event to discuss this year’s striking results and the trends measuring Africa’s public governance progress.

Mo will be joined by a panel of African experts representing the continent’s growing next generation voices, Yvonne Apea Mensah from Ghana and Nasi Rwigema from South Africa, who will provide their own opinions of this year’s Index findings. The panel will also respond to questions in real time from online users.

Following the launch, MIF, in partnership with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), will host a high-level discussion on the findings on Friday, 2 November in Pretoria, South Africa. A separate media advisory will follow with the details of this event.

Global Launch of the 2018 IIAG: 29 October 2018

The IIAG is an unmatched resource providing the world’s most extensive analysis of the quality of governance in African countries.

With the Index, MIF seeks to enable governments, citizens, business, academia, policy makers and analysts to use its findings as a tool to assess accurately the delivery of public goods and services and drive conversations about governance in Africa. As such, the data are made freely available each year via the IIAG Data Portal (

  • The 2018 IIAG launch will take place online during a 30-minute Facebook Live event with Mo and two African next generation voices, taking the discussion directly to the public to encourage dialogue across social media using the hashtags #IIAG and #AskMIF.
  • With ten years of data to draw from, the 2018 IIAG is uniquely positioned to measure trends in governance, providing in-depth analysis on how the quality of governance has changed over the past five years (2013-2017) within the context of the last decade (2008-2017), and what has or could be key to Africa’s transformation.
  • In every iteration, MIF – assisted by the IIAG’s Advisory Council– looks at improving the structure, components and methodology of the IIAG. Due to this annual revision, every year MIF recalculates all scores in the Index.
  • Previous iterations of the IIAG covered data from 2000 onwards. The 2018 IIAG is for the first time providing comparable governance data for the last decade only, to strengthen the robustness of the findings.
  • For the first time, an assessment of youth inclusion is part of the IIAG. Through the indicator Promotion of Socio-economic Integration of Youth (provided by Global Integrity), the Index assesses whether there is a government policy/strategy to increase the socio-economic integration of youth.
  • This year’s IIAG will have the added focus of analysing the data through thematic frameworks and broader themes including: economic opportunity for Africa’s citizens, the demographic dividend, transparency and accountability.
  • The ten-year time series includes the most recent governance performances, raising the bar in areas such as Health, where countries should benchmark themselves to more current standards.
  • The IIAG contains analysis across 102 indicators from 35 independent African and global data institutions to cover all 54 African countries in the areas of Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
  • The Data Portal is a user-friendly interface that offers a bespoke analysis of governance ranks, scores and trends for each country. Users can create printable charts and graphics from the data.

Facebook Live with Dr Mo Ibrahim joined by Yvonne Apea Mensah and Nasi Rwigema

–          Date: Monday 29 October 2018

–          Time: 12:00 (GMT)

–          Location :

–          Live from MIF headquarters Dr Mo Ibrahim, and African experts Yvonne Apea Mensah from Ghana and Nasi Rwigema from South Africa, will highlight the findings and trends in this year’s Index while taking questions from viewers in real time

–          On the day, viewers can submit questions directly in the comments section of the live feed, or alternatively via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #AskMIF

Contact MIF

For more information, or to request an interview with a MIF spokesperson please contact:

o   Zainab Umar,, +44 207 535 5068

o   MIF media team,, +44 20 7554 1743

Join the discussion: #IIAG, #AskMIF (for Facebook Live)

Access the IIAG Data Portal directly:

View the key findings and download the Index Report:

You can follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on:

o   Website:

o   Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

o   Facebook:

o   YouTube:

o   Instagram:

o   Linkedin:


About the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa.

By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

  • Ibrahim Index of African Governance
  • Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
  • Ibrahim Forum
  • Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

What’s new in the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance? Find out here:

About Yvonne Apea Mensah

Yvonne is currently Head of Africa, Governance and Peace Directorate at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She was previously Head of Office at the Office of the Deputy Secretary General, and Political Affairs Officer (Africa), both also at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Prior to that, she held positions as a Programme Manager at The Economist Intelligence Unit and Project Manager (Africa and legal affairs) at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

In 2012 she was an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow, attached to the President’s Office at the African Development Bank.

About Nasi Rwigema

Nasi, an Ibrahim Scholar, is currently studying for an MBA in Business Administration and Management at London Business School. He holds a BSc in Aeronautics and an MSc in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from University of Witwatersrand.

Prior to starting his MBA, he worked on renewable energy in Africa as Project Manager at Solafrica Thermal Energy and then Project Director at Solafrica Energy.

He has also worked as an Associate Principal at Metier Private Equity, with the Sustainable Capital Practice, and was a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.

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