Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, according to a survey released last week. Safety is deteriorating, and the lack of economic opportunities overshadows any gains made on human rights, especially in resource-rich countries.
The Ibrahim Index of African Governance, or IIAG, is the most comprehensive survey of its kind on the continent. It rates 54 African nations against criteria such as security, human rights, economic stability, just laws, free elections, corruption, infrastructure, poverty, health, and education.
Mauritius held onto the top spot, followed by Cape Verde, Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. But overall, the ratings have barely improved in the last four years, and ratings for half of the top-ten-ranked countries have declined.
Elizabeth McGrath is director of IIAG. She says, “This is certainly a stagnation.”
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Photo: Demonstrators carry placards as they march to protest against corruption in Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 30, 2015. Credit: Reuters