Very few Africans can feign any love for their government’s. From frustrated Nigerians who are in the midst of a recession to Zimbabweans who are explicit about their displeasure with their sit-tight President; a fact which they have continually voiced in the social-media orchestrated protests sweeping their country.
It will, therefore, come as a surprise to some Africans that the Mo Ibrahim foundation which released their 2016 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance on Monday rates improvement of governance, in some African countries over the period of 10 years, quite highly.
The Mo-Ibrahim foundation focuses on leadership in Africa even having a yearly prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Nelson Mandela was the inaugural laureate for that prize and the foundation’s views on leadership issues in Africa are highly respected.
Mo Ibrahim foundation data shows improvement in 37 out of 54 countries
According to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance report that was released, governance in the continent has improved marginally in the past ten years in 37 out of 54 countries on the continent, accounting for 70% of the continent’s population. The report states;
“Over the past decade, a very slight improvement in Overall Governance performance has been registered at the continental level. The African average score of 50.0 in 2015, up one point from the score registered a decade earlier, reflects the trend of improvement seen across the majority of countries over the past ten years. In total, 37 countries out of 54 have shown improvement in Overall Governance since 2006, representing 70% of African citizens.”
Côte d’Ivoire under the leadership of its current President, Alassane Ouattara, holds the top spot for the most improved country in the continent. On the other end of the spectrum, Libya’s governmental infrastructure has dissolved, leaving behind a country controlled by a myriad of armed groups and securing its place at the bottom of the ranking this year.
In the 10 year space that African governance was monitored, the ten best performers turned out to be Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Niger, Morocco, Kenya, and Angola.
On the other hand, the 10 worst performers were; South Africa, Ghana, Burundi, Mauritania, Gambia, Mali, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, and Libya.
The index measures overall governance trends in African countries based on four components: safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.