Which countries in Africa are the best governed?

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance was published today.  It ranks African governments in five dimensions (safety and security, rule of law & transparency, participation & human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development) and then puts these together to arrive at an overall ranking.

Mauritius comes top again this year; and the top 5 countries (Seychelles, Cape Verde, Botswana and South Africa) are unchanged. 

Across the table as a whole,mMore than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa – 31 out of 48 – have recorded an improvement, with the biggest improvement overall in Liberia.

I was encouraged to see that the most progress has been made across the continent in the category of “Participation and Human Rights”, with improvements in 29 out of 48 countries.

Regionally, every region except one – the Horn of Africa – has seen an improvement overall.

The countries at the bottom seem stuck there, however.  Of the bottom 10 countries, 8 saw no improvement compared to last year.

3 thoughts on “Which countries in Africa are the best governed?”

  1. I would appreciate if I can be guided towards the full list of the ranking. I must confess that I am surprised that I did not find my country Rep. Of Benin in the top ten. May be I am a bit emotional about my motherland. I kind of have the feeling most reports on issues in Africa places more emphasis on anglophone countries or on those francophone countries that know how to make “noise”. May be I should ask my people in the diaspora to start making some “noise” (provided this is positive noise). May I ask as well if this rankings has an incidence on living conditions in those countries. j-g

    PS: These views are entirely mine.

  2. the best governed countrie is Eritrea(north east Africa)because eritrea is safer and good for vacation so i goes with eritrea is the best governed countrie in africa

  3. SuperCapiDiTuttiCapi

    I have been here in a while, true safety and leisure are important, let me say nice to have, but i strongly believe that a well governed state requires a lot more, we could start the debate on socio-economic conditions…

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