Governance Improves in Africa- Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Thursday, October 09, 2008

MoIbrahimLogoThe Ibrahim Index of African Governance, is a survey carried out by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote better governance in Africa. This year’s survey suggests that governance in sub-Saharan African countries have improved by about two thirds between 2005 and 2006

Liberia was said to have achieved the greatest while Mauritania’s governments’ performance was not encouraging. The survey ranked Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Botswana and Cape Verde as the best governed countries on the continent. The five worst governed countries are Chad, Sudan, Angola , DR Congo and Somalia.

The survey was conducted by a group at the Kennedy school of Government at Harvard University and supported by an advisory council of African academics and leaders.

The survey was conducted using five main criteria; safety and security, the rule of law, transparency and corruption, participation and human rights, sustainable economic development and human development. The Mo Ibrahim foundation hopes that the survey will keep African governments on their toes. More information on the Ibrahim Index can be found here