The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has released the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), which rates African countries according to their governance practices.
According to the Foundation, governance is “the provision of the political, social and economic public goods and services that every citizen has the right to expect from their state, and that a state has the responsibility to deliver to its citizens.”
The index is generated by measuring Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development as indicators of good governance. All these have sub-categories that add up to the 100 IIAG indicators used to determine the top African countries with good governance.
The report shows that in 2017, Africa scored an average of 49.9 in overall governance, indicating slow improvement. The Sustainable Economic Opportunity indicator scored the lowest with 44.8/100 while Human Development had the highest score of 52.8. Participation and Human Rights and Safety and Rule of Law earned a score of 49.2 and 52.6 respectively.
Further, only 34 countries showed an improvement, with Cote d’Ivoire as the most improved; 18 countries deteriorated, with Libya posting the largest deterioration. Lesotho had no change at all and South Sudan’s indicator of change was not available in the index.
Here are the African countries that make up the top 10 on the IIAG list.