Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

And what's happened to Nigeria's rankings?

Nigeria elected a new president in a pretty fair election. The winner overcame the established power. The transition was smooth and peaceful. Did Nigeria's rankings improve?

Africa’s governance: The stalling continent
WHAT can be measured, business school gurus like to say, can be managed. Yet a saying that is normally applied to companies may also apply to countries. That, at least, is the thinking behind the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, an annual report card of how African governments are faring, which is compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a body set up by a British Sudanese-born telecoms magnate turned philanthropist.

The latest report… sadly shows a continent in which progress in governance is stalling. The index itself, which takes into account a variety of indicators ranging from corruption and rule of law to infrastructure and sanitation, is little changed on average from 2011. That in itself marks a big change. In previous years the index had shown steady improvements by most countries. More worrying are signs of reversal at the top of the list. Of the ten countries ranked best, five have seen a decline in their governance scores since 2011.

The main reasons for the stall are declines in two broad areas: those relating to safety and the economy…

The 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African Foundation. It was established with one clear objective – to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development. It is our belief that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)


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