By Global Integrity, April 4, 2016
Global Integrity is happy to announce that the 4th round of the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII) research is now complete and that the data is available on its website!
The Africa Integrity Indicators is an annual undertaking and since 2012, Global Integrity has collected and published three rounds of data in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and its network of more than 200 in-country researchers and journalists on the African continent.
By measuring both the existing legal framework and the “in practice” implementation, AII data is designed to help in-country stakeholders, in and outside of government, to identify positive trends as well as areas for improvement for subsequent reform efforts. The rich data set is unique in that it assesses national-level performance on key open governance indicators throughout 54 countries in Africa, also providing a strong foundation for cross-country comparative analysis on the basis of qualitative benchmarks measuring social, economic, political and anti-corruption mechanisms across the continent.
The assessment covers de jure and de facto questions about the rule of law, accountability, elections, public management, civil service integrity, access to information, as well as social issues, from minority rights to gender, welfare, health, education and civil registration.
The published data is the result of a rigorous review and quality check process by researchers and a panel of expert peer reviewers. Global Integrity is confident of its quality and usability. At the same time, we offer a two month window to potential users and interested parties to provide correction information, should they identify any substantive inaccuracies. If you have any such information to send us, please enter them here by May 31st, 2016. Guidelines on how to navigate this process can be found here.
The indicators are currently included in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and are also used by the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) and by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among others. But the data is perhaps most relevant to in-country reformers, both inside and outside of government. The rich data set is designed to be particularly fruitful in identifying both bright spots as well as areas for improvement at the country level. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the data in more detail with any interested local reformers. Should you know of anyone wishing to discuss the AII data more in depth with our team and on how it can support open governance efforts in your country, please contact one of our AII team at [email protected].