Have your say—Contribute to the governance narrative in Africa through the Africa Integrity Indicators
9 May 2022
Author: Lomuthando Nthakomwa-Masambuka
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The drive toward using data to encourage good governance practices in Africa has significantly grown over the years. The availability of data affords citizens the ability to track specific governance indicators, observe their trends, and take action where it is needed. In a bid to solicit input from various experts, citizens, civil society organisations and other stakeholders, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and Global Integrity, have released preliminary data for the tenth edition of the Africa Integrity Indicators (AII), and are calling on you to provide your thoughts on the data, and how it ought to be used.

The 2022 dataset spotlights governance in practice in 54 African countries and includes over 50 in practice governance indicators. In the tenth edition, the study period spanned from September 2020 to September 2021. While we are very excited about the data, we would like to hear from those outside our team. We invite you to take a look at the data and send any questions, concerns, comments, or revisions before 31st May 2022 to aii@globalintegrity.org. You can also share your feedback here. The final results of the data collection will be published in June 2022, and your input will be taken under consideration in the final data to be released.

This feedback process allows us to accurately represent what is on the ground and grow a culture of evidence-informed decision making in Africa. The governance indicators within the data can further be used to inform governance journalism, opinion pieces and decisions by governments, civil society organisations and other stakeholders. Additionally, the availability of this data allows African governments to examine and borrow from best practice examples while identifying areas in which action needs to be taken. The government can further harness it to address implementation gaps, discover overlaps and inform policy.  African citizens also have the opportunity to use the indicators as a tool to hold their governments accountable as the indicators have been tracking governance progress in Africa over the past decade, and assist in the process of making informed comparisons.

While sometimes ignored, data is crucial to the improvement of governance in Africa. Together, we can work towards using data to inform African governance—but to do this, we need to hear from you.

The Africa Integrity Indicators (AII)  is a research project initiated by Global Integrity in 2012, in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. From the 11th Edition onward, data will be collected and published by the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP).


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