RGS is an independent annual publication of the RGB that seeks to gauge the state of governance in Rwanda, comprehensively assesses governance in using both primary and secondary data sources.
It is mainly designed to generate credible and reliable data on governance issues, serves as 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.
The launch of the 8th edition of Rwanda Governance Scorecard 8th attracted participants including members of diplomatic corps, international organizations, representatives of Government institutions, private sector, civil society and academia among others.
The research carried out was entrenched on eight pillars namely; :(1) Rule of Law, (2) Political Rights and Civil liberties, (3) Participation and Inclusiveness, (4) Safety and Security,(5) Investing in Human and Social Development, (6)Control of corruption, Transparency and Accountability, (7) Quality of service delivery,(8) Economic and corporate governance.
Of the eight pillars, six scored above 80%.
The pillar of Safety and Security came on top scoring 95.47% in 2021 from 95.44% of 2020, the Rule of Law performed at 87.08% from 87.86% of last year, Political Rights and Civil liberties scored 83.80 % from 85.76% while Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability got 86.77% from 86.28%.
The pillar of Quality of service delivery scored 81.86% from 78.31 of last year, Investing in Human and Social Development scored 75.23% from 73.32%, Economic and corporate governance scored 74.65% from 78.14% while Participation and Inclusiveness performed at 84.19% from 81.96% of last year.
Quality of Service Delivery has emerged the most improved pillar with an increase of 3.55%. It is the first time this pillar scores above 80% since the inception of RGS in 2010. The improvement in this pillar is attributed to the use of ICT in service delivery which improved by 5.07%.
Among others, Economic and Corporate Governance is the least performing pillar at 74.65%. As he made the presentation; the CEO of RGB, Dr. Usta Kaitesi explained that the decline by 3.49% resulted from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to national economy.
Speaking at the launch of the 8th edition of RGS on Friday 8th October 2021, the Deputy CEO of RGB, Dr. Emmanuel Niyibishaka highlighted that the RGS 8th Edition gives a comparative analysis with the previous editions and gives a snapshot of the variations that have occurred in pillars performance since the 1st edition.
He also emphasized that the improvement or decline in pillar performance is not about figures; rather the reality on the ground.
As he delivered key note address, the One UN Resident Representative in Rwanda Dr. Fode Ndiaye commended RGB for keeping the regularity to produce the index despite challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.
He also extolled Rwanda for producing Rwanda Governance Scorecard considering it ‘the most comprehensive national index on the African continent that consistently assesses the state of governance in the country’.
Ndiaye also highlighted that RGS uses a comprehensive methodology that particularly values the voices of the citizens through different surveys used as sources of data.
“By including citizens’ perception, the RGS does not only consider expectations and analysis of governance trends, but also makes people at the center of the assessment, thus, representing the views of experts and citizens,” he said.
“The impact of RGS as a national assessment tool transcends the national level to play an important role in the context of renewed multilateralism and the UN decade of action to speed up the implementation of the shared commitment for sustainable development,” added Ndiaye.
Safety and security has maintained the lead since the inception of RGS.