Governance Slips in Four African Powerhouses

While the quality of governance on the continent has improved, key regional and strategic players have slipped in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has not found a recently-retired African leader worthy of its prize for leadership.


Mo Ibrahim and Jay Naidoo


An overview of the Ibrahim Index: the darker the shading on the map, the better-ruled the country; at right, the top 10 best-governed nations and, at left, regional rankings, the best- and worst-governed countries and significant changes.

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All the national rankings for the 2012 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.


Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

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