The 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance – launched a couple of weeks ago – highlights a largely upward trend in the state of governance in Africa between 2009 and 2013. Much of this trend is apparently down to gains in the overall state of participation and human rights – one of the categories used by the Index to measure the overall state of governance. Sustainable economic opportunity – another indicator used in the Index – however demonstrated a downward trend over the past four years, somewhat weakening the positive growth of economic opportunity registered between 2005 and 2009. The Index appears at a timely moment, as several countries across the continent scramble to deal with the Ebola outbreak currently affecting West Africa.
To read more about the Index and discover how it’s constructed and which countries have performed best, click here.