This small landlocked country is located in southern Africa and is perhaps the best example of strong democratic ideals on the continent. Since its independence from Great Britain in 1966, Botswana has never suffered a military coup or a non-democratic transfer of power. The country’s first post-independence leader, Seretse Khama, laid the foundation for a strong multi-party democracy.
Through qualitative leadership, Botswana and its 2 million citizens have managed to turn its fortunes around as one of the poorest countries at independence to its current status as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Its current per capita GDP of $18,825 is one of the highest in all of Africa. The country also ranks very highly on the global Human Development Index coming in at 106.