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MCC Scorecard: Salone makes progress in corruption control

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

In the latest Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Scorecard release on Monday November 9, 2020, Sierra Leone increase its control of corruption score, moving from 79% in the 2019 Scorecard to 81% in 2020, thereby adding 2 percentage points upwards.

In this year’s Scorecard, the country made more gains in the ‘Control of Corruption’ indicator than many other African countries including Nigeria, which scored Zero percent, Ghana 75%; Mali 71%; Ivory Coast 46%; Liberia 56%; Cameroon 38%; Mozambique 63%; Egypt 29%; Malawi 65% and Zambia 75%.

By passing the mandatory “Control of Corruption” indicator alongside twelve other indicators, Sierra Leone stands eligible to benefit from the US Government Compact Fund of between US$400 and US$600M.

The MCC scorecard consists of 20 indicators under three broad categories; Economic Freedom, Ruling Justly, and “Investing in People and the “Control of Corruption” Indicator falls under the “Ruling Justly” category.

In press release, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) welcomed the latest development and assured the public of its determination to continue to focus on good governance indicators in the course of discharging its mandate.

The MCC, created in 2004, is an initiative of the Government of the United States of America to provide aid to developing countries to fight widespread poverty through economic growth.

Sierra Leone continues to make steady progress in global, regional, and domestic anti-corruption rankings since the appointment of Francis Ben Kaifala as head of the country’s anti-graft agency.

In the Global Corruption Barometer of 2019, Sierra Leone was ranked 3rd out of 35 African Countries surveyed on “Government’s Effectiveness in the Fight against Corruption.”

Also, in the 2018 Afrobarometer Survey Report, 54% of Sierra Leoneans agreed that the government is performing very well in the fight against corruption, whilst in the 2020 Afro Barometer Report, corruption prevalence in Sierra Leone declined from 70% in 2015 to 40% in 2020. Additionally, a National Perception Survey conducted by the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law this year revealed that 92% of the respondents were convinced that the fight against corruption is on the right course.

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