A report released early this month by the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index has found that Malawi has made improvement on
Absence of Corruption.
The WJP report came two months after the Millenium Challenge Corporation which is implementing a $350 million energy compact rated Malawi well on corruption fight.
The WJP report said Malawi has also made “significant trends” on Order and Security and on ensuring an Open Government.
Malawi makes the list of impressive performers in Sub-Saharan Africa on improvements on Absence of Corruption.
Regionally, according to 2017/18 report released on February 1 by the Washington-based organisation, Sub-Saharan Africa’s top performer is Ghana.
“Overall, the region showed the most improvements in Absence of Corruption, with four countries experiencing upward trends in this factor and none showing downward trends,” reads the report released today.
Malawi, Ghana, Botswana and Senegal are the four countries that have registered upwards trends on the index.
Malawi rose three positions for overall rule of law performance from 69 in the 2016 WJP Rule of Law Index to 66 out of 113 countries in the 2017-2018 edition.
Its score places it at 5 out of 18 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The four countries above Malawi are Ghana (1), South Africa (2), Botswana (3) and Senegal (4).
Malawi has scored 3 out of 12 among low income countries on the indeces WJP has measured.
The WJP report comes two months after the Millenium Challenge Corporation which is implementing a $350 million energy compact on Malawi released a 2018 scorecard which rates a country’s performance in a number of indicators for the successful implementation of the compact.
In the report, MCC said “Malawi continued to pass MCC’s scorecard by meeting the requirement of passing at least half of the 20 indicators overall, including the hard hurdles of Control of Corruption and Democratic Rights.”
WJP Rule of Law Index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.
Countries WJP measured in the Sub-Saharan Africa region include Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Low income countries it measured include Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.