By Cyprian Musoke.
Uganda's governance rating has improved.Uganda is placed 18th out of 52 African countries in the Mo Ibrahim of African Governance report released on Monday.
Uganda that was 19th last year this time beat regional perennial power houses Kenya and Tanzania out of the 52 African countries.
The 2013 Index chronicles Uganda's performance across four categories of governance: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.
Since 2000, the report says, Uganda progressed most in Human Development which measures welfare, education and health.
The 2013 report shows that 94% of African countries including Uganda have experienced overall governance improvement since 2000.
"Uganda scored 56% in overall governance, higher than the African average 51.6%. In the region, it ranks 4th (out of 11), higher than the regional average for East Africa of 47.9%," it adds.
It ranks highest in the category of participation and Human Rights at 18th out of the 52, but ranks its lowest in the category of Safety and Rule of Law by 27 out of 52.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa.
Its Prize- the world's biggest individual prize however has no winner for the fourth time in five years.
The prize is for African leaders who have contributed to social economic improvement of their people or who have left power voluntarily. Such leaders get a US$5 million (sh13b) initial payment, plus $200,000 (sh520m) a year for life.
The previous winners were President Pedro Verona Pires of Cape Verde in 2011, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007 and Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008. Nelson Mandela was made the honorary inaugural Laureate in 2007.