Liberia, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is the country which has seen the most dramatic improvement since 2000, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
Although it is still only in 29th place on a list of best-governed countries, its index shows a steady rise from 25.6 in 2000 to 50.3 in 2012.
It is the country which showed the most improvement ...
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... in three of the four main fields surveyed...– safety/rule of law, participation/human rights and economic opportunity.
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Its best performance is in participation/human rights, where it ranks 19th among the 52 nations.
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Angola jumped from 26.4 to 44.5 on the index between 2000 and 2012. It features ...
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among the five most improved countries in all four fields, but scored poorly compared to most countries for human rights and the accountability of its government.
However, it is the second most-improved nation on the continent for economic opportunity and human development. It is the 39th best-governed nation on the continent.
Sierra Leone moved from 33.3 to 48 over the 12 years. Its improvement in safety/rule of law is second only to Liberia's ...
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and it holds 23rd place in the continent's rankings in this field.
It is in 22nd place in participation and human rights, featuring in the top half of the rankings after its successful multi-party elections.
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Rwanda – which moved from 46.9 to 57.8 - scores exceptionally well for improvements in human development, where ...
... it has been the country whose score has increased the most since 2000, pushing it to 12th place among African nations.
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It is Africa's top nation in promoting gender equality, with a score of 90.2. It has also done well in providing economic opportunities, holding 8th place on the continent in this field. Its business environment in the second best in the continent, behind only that of Mauritius.
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Rwanda, led by President Paul Kagame, scores high for accountability but lower for the rule of law and is among the 10 worst countries in Africa for participation and human rights, according to the index.
Burundi has moved since 2000 from 35 to 43.8 on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.. It is one of the top five improved countries in participation and human rights and scores well on gender equality.
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