African countries ranking poorly in governance, says Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation's Index of African Governance (IIAG) has raised concerns regarding the regressive state of African countries in terms of maintaining good governance and stagnant economic growth.

Comprised of 14 sub-categories, it highlighted a backward trend in various country's economies, particularly Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

It says that safety and security, the rule of law, the judiciary has low scores in countries like South Africa and Ghana as there's no accountability.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Editor of Africa Report

Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Cape Verde and Seychelles ranked high however, critics have questioned the comparative analysis between small countries which are easier to manage as compared to large countries.

It is an annual assessment governance report that looks at the following categories: safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

Listen to the interview below:

We're looking at populations of less than 2 million per country... I do wonder if it's fair that we compare smaller countries with smaller populations with bigger ones.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Editor of Africa Report

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