LRF's 2018 'State of our State' Index Exposes Lebanon's Bleak Situations
The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation has released its 2018 version of the State of our State index, which points to further deterioration in the basic functions of the Lebanese state.
“State of our State compiles, on annual basis, the observations of 13 people hailing from diverse backgrounds, and all ranking and senior members of the Foundation (civil society activists, former officials and business leaders) and whose profiles can be found on LRF’s website under About Us - Board of Directors and Senior Staff,” LRF said in a statement emailed to Naharnet.
“Basic functions of a State are to provide physical security, efficient institutions and a capable administration. The Goal of this index is to evaluate Lebanon’s situation and share results with the Lebanese public in a succinct manner. It also enables us to prioritize initiatives that are to be addressed by our foundation,” LRF added.
Inspired by similar approaches created by various research and analysis groups, 13 criteria have been specifically adopted to reflect the Lebanese conditions.
Those same criteria are also evaluated for a model country, Norway, thus enabling the final Lebanese result to be compared to a benchmark would be model.
Each of the following 13 criteria is evaluated on a 0 to 10 scale (worst to best) by the evaluators for both Lebanon and Norway and a simple arithmetic average for all evaluators comes out as the index figure for the elapsed year.
1. Stability over 3 years (LEB 4.1 - NOR 8.4)
2. Citizens’ personal security (LEB 4.2 – NOR 8.6)
3. Government control over territory (LEB 4.0 – NOR 9.2)
4. Capacity to resist foreign influence (LEB 2.0 – NOR 8.2)
5. Rule of law (LEB 2.9 – NOR 8.7)
6. Quality of political leadership (LEB 1.3 – NOR 8.1)
7. Freedom of speech (LEB 4.4 – NOR 8.4)
8. Cultural and religious tolerance (LEB 5.1 – NOR 7.6)
9. Efficiency of civil society (LEB 4.2 – NOR 7.9)
10. Limiting corruption (LEB 1.4 – NOR 8.1)
11. Confidence in public institutions (LEB 2.2 – NOR 8.7)
12. Economic transparency (LEB 2.4 – NOR 8.2)
13. Sovereign debt settlement record (LEB 4.4 – NOR 9.0)
Last year (2017) result:
The evaluation process is established in January on yearly basis, enabling the index release within the same period.
Minor improvements in the elapsed year were offset by the worst ever scores in the following criteria:
- Quality of political leadership
- Capacity to resist foreign influence
- Limiting corruption