The World Justice Project (WJP) has released their Rule of Law Index® 2020, an evaluation of adherence to the rule of law worldwide based on more than 130,000 household and 4,000 expert surveys in 128 countries. D3 and its subsidiary, ACSOR-Surveys, managed and conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan for this study.
Afghanistan’s rule of law score improved slightly, ranking 122nd out of 128 countries and jurisdictions this year, compared to 123rd out of 126 countries the year prior. The 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. Of these factors, Afghanistan scored lowest in Order and Security, taking last place globally. However, the country saw improvement in both Open Government and Absence of Corruption.
The survey in Afghanistan was conducted with 3,019 respondents from September 17-25, 2019. The sample was nationally representative and included respondents from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This is the sixth time D3/ACSOR has conducted fieldwork for the WJP Rule of Law survey in Afghanistan.
For more information on how Afghanistan compared to other countries in the study, click on the embedded country-specific press release PDF below.
More information on the WJP’s Rule of Law Index® 2020 can be found on their website, including a complete report with individual country profiles. You can also view an interactive data portal for this year’s report here and access major trends in the status of global rule of law in a separate publication, the Rule of Law Index® 2020 Insights, here.