The Best and the Worst of Governance in Africa

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The 2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which was released this week, highlights where countries across Africa stand regarding four key categories: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. While any index will have its critics, this report highlights a diversity of scenarios on a continent often judged only by it worst cases.

For a more complete summary, check out the full summary report, otherwise, take a look at a few of the key points outlined below:


The Top 5 Best and Worst

Top five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index (score): 1st Mauritius (82), 2nd Cape Verde (79), 3rd Botswana (76), 4th Seychelles (73), 5th South Africa (71).

Bottom five in the 2011 Ibrahim Index (score): 49th Central African Republic (33), 50th Congo Democratic Rep. (32), 51st Zimbabwe (31), 52nd Chad (31), 53rd Somalia (8).


Category trends:

Sustainable Economic Opportunity: 38 countries improved, three significantly. No country has declined significantly.
Human Development: 48 countries improved.
In the Health sub-category in particular all but two countries improved and neither of the two declines is significant.
Safety & Rule of Law: 36 countries declined, one significantly.
Participation & Human Rights: 39 countries declined, one significantly.
The greatest declines in Safety & Rule of Law and Participation & Human Rights are substantially larger than the concurrent improvements in Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.


Commenting on these results, Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Foundation, said:

“We have seen this year that Africa’s young majority are no longer willing to stand for the selective approach to governance adopted by many of our continent’s governments. Our young people are demanding a holistic, equitable and inclusive approach to the management of their countries. The Index findings echo these demands – achievements in economic management and human development, however striking, will not be realised if a democratic deficit persists. Africa’s success stories are delivering the whole range of the public goods and services that citizens have a right to expect and are forging a path that we hope more will follow.”

Here is the full index:



For more information on the The Ibrahim Index or the Mo Ibrahim Foundation visit: http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/

Images and Documents contained in this post are credited to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

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