The Mo Ibrahim Index 2018 of African Governance (IIAG) has just been published and Mauritius remains the top ranking country in Africa. Mauritius has achieved the highest overall score (79.5) out of a total of 54 African countries. Seychelles is ranked second with a score of 73.2, followed by Cabo Verde (71.1), Namibia (68.6) and Botswana (68.5). The five other countries in the Top 10 are: Ghana (68.1), South Africa (68.0), Rwanda (64.3), Tunisia (63.5) and Senegal (63.3). The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) is a tool that measures and monitors governance performance in African countries. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation defines governance as the provision of the political, social and economic public goods and services that every citizen has the right to expect from their state, and that a state has the responsibility to deliver to its citizens. In the IIAG, country performance in delivering governance is measured across four key components that effectively provide indicators of a country’s Overall Governance performance. The key components that form the four categories of the IIAG are Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. Each of these categories contain subcategories under which are organised various indicators that provide quantifiable measures of the overarching dimensions of governance. In total, the IIAG contains over 100 indicators. Mauritius ranks first in all four categories, with the following scores : Safety & Rule of Law: 81.3; Participation & Human Rights: 77.2; Sustainable Economic Opportunity: 74.8 and Human Development: 84.6.
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