NewsOnly 50% of Ethiopians see press, election freedom, AU reports

Only 50% of Ethiopians see press, election freedom, AU reports

The proportion of the population which perceives freedom of press and those that believe elections are free, fair and transparent varied across countries. In the sub-index, Rwanda stood at 92 percent, Senegal at 90 percent, and Ghana 72 percent.

In fact, the situation of press freedom and free elections improved in Africa since 2019. The number of people, who perceive effective press freedom, rose from eight percent in 2013 to 30 percent in 2021. More people believe that the electoral processes produced free, fair and transparent elections. This number rose from 22 percent in 2013 to 35 percent in 2021. However, the target was to achieve 60 percent by 2021.

The report measured African countries’ progress to agenda 2063, across 20 major aspiration targets.

A relatively better progress is registered in world class infrastructures, making Africa a major global partner, modernizing agriculture, climate resilient economies and communities, and gender equality. Continental progress for these measurements stood between 50 percent and 70 percent.

Nonetheless, the report indicated Africa has much homework to do, especially in creating a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. The continents progress stood at 37 percent.

Ethiopia scored zero percent performance in preserving peace, security and stability, capable institutions and transformed leadership in place at all levels and a stable and peaceful Africa. On the index measured in ‘United Africa (federal or Confederate Africa)’ Ethiopia performed three percent, while it registered a 13 percent performance on ‘engaged and empowered youth and children’, while it registered 47 percent of the goals in citizens skilled in science, technology and innovation .

On the other hand, Ethiopia achieved 100 percent in modern agriculture for increased productivity, African cultural renaissance, and Trans-African Highways Missing Link, connecting with neighbors.

Overall, Ethiopia achieved 36 percent in all the agenda 2063 targets, which is lower than the 51 percent continental average. In the overall ranking, Rwanda leads at 64 percent, while Benin is at the bottom with six percent.


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