Beyond the World news headlines
Is Africa run better than before?
“People look at headlines from two or three countries and forget there are 55 countries in Africa and in most of them life is normal.”
The index showed that governance had improved in almost two-thirds of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa since the 2007 index.
It follows weeks after the Transparency International corruption perceptions index, on which African states featured heavily among the worst offenders.
The Ibrahim Index is based on criteria including corruption, economic stability, security, rights, laws, elections, infrastructure, poverty and health.
The winner – Mauritius – will not be much of a surprise and nor will the fact that Somalia was in last place. Liberia had shown the most improvement.
Despite the dramatic headlines from Africa’s crisis zones, an overall improvement in governance is one of the reasons cited by investors for unprecedented financial flows to Africa in recent years.
“Africa is open for business,” Ibrahim told us. “Investors should look at our growth. And with the global financial situation the way it is, perhaps their money is safer in Africa than in the U.S.”
But how deep does any improvement in governance go? How long might it last? Who is doing well and who should do more? What do you think?