Monday, October 01, 2007

The Ibrahim Indeex

The Sudanese-born British businessman Mo Ibrahim has published his first annual Index of African Governance, which ranks African governments according to their quality . It evaluated all 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on criteria such as safety and security, human rights, corruption, transparency, economic development and investment in human resources.

The country with the status of best-governed country in Africa is the island of Mauritius with a population of 1.2 million, lying in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar.
The worst-governed country is Somalia, which comes as no surprise given that this East African nation has hardly had any kind of government for years. It is closely followed by Zaire, Chad and Sudan, which is described as being the "most dangerous" country in Africa.

Top ten on the Ibrahim index
1. Mauritius
2. Seychelles
3. Botswana
4. Cape Verde
5. South Africa
6. Gabon
7. Namibia
8. Ghana
9. Senegal
10. Sao Tome and Principe

Bottom ten:
39. Sierra Leone
40. Burundi
41. Central African Republic
42. Angola
43. Liberia
44. Guinea-Bissau
45. Sudan46. Chad
47. Democratic Republic of Congo
48. Somalia

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