Security and safety maintains lead as highest scoring pillar in Rwanda Governance Scorecard

On 1 November 2023 at 10:03

The Safety and Security pillar continues to dominate the Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS), maintaining its lead with a score of 93.63%. This impressive performance is reflected in indicators related to security maintenance, national security, personal and property safety, reconciliation, social cohesion, and unity.

The RGS’s 10th edition, launched on October 31, 2023, unveiled these findings, drawing the participation of various stakeholders, including diplomatic corps, international organizations, government representatives, the private sector, civil society, and academia.

Following the Safety and Security pillar, the Anti-corruption, Transparency, and Accountability pillar secured the second spot with a score of 88.97%. Rule of Law closely followed with an 88.89% rating, although the report identified room for improvement, particularly in clearing backlog cases within the judiciary.

Political Rights and Civil Liberties claimed the fourth position with 88.01%, while Participation and Inclusiveness ranked fifth with 84.04%. Economic and Corporate Governance rounded off the top six with a score of 79.98%.

The 10th edition of the RGS underscored the importance of focusing on tailored service delivery for people living with disabilities (PwDs). The report reveals that only 39.4% of PwDs are categorized, and 48.88% benefit from social protection. Usta Kaitesi, CEO of RGB, emphasized the need for significant progress in service delivery across sectors, especially for PwDs. She urged efforts to expedite the categorization of persons with disabilities to enhance their access to essential services such as healthcare and education.

Minister of Local Government, Jean Claude Musabyimana, acknowledged delays in establishing a comprehensive database of people with disabilities due to societal stereotypes and challenges in identifying and registering individuals with special needs. He however reiterated the government’s committment to addressing these issues.

Judith Uwizeye, Cabinet Minister in the Office of the President, stressed the significance of the RGS as a tool for promoting governance and accountability in line with the National Transformation Strategy (NST1). She called upon public and private sector stakeholders, civil society organizations, and religious bodies to consider the report’s recommendations as part of their responsibilities in enhancing their areas of intervention.

RGS is an independent annual publication of the RGB that seeks to gauge the state of governance in Rwanda, comprehensively assess governance in using both primary and secondary data sources.

It is mainly designed to generate credible and reliable data on governance issues, serves as a practical tool that drives policy reform in the domain of governance through the identification of areas for improvement and generates actionable recommendations and to contribute to current and authentic knowledge formation about Rwanda.