2010 Ibrahim Index shows a ‘mixed picture’ of African governance

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Yesterday, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation — telecommunications mogul Mo Ibrahim’s organization to support good governance and leadership in Africa — released its annual “Ibrahim Index,” which ranks 53 African countries by 88 indicators such as safety, rule of law, participation and human rights.

This year’s report shows that progress across these indicators has been mixed. Between 2004 and 2009, 41 nations saw an improvement in economic opportunities, and 44 countries posted higher scores in the health and welfare category — but two-thirds of countries registered a declining performance in human rights. And Africa’s average index — which goes from 0 to 100 — ranks at 49, not much different from the years before.

According to Mo Ibrahim, “The 2010 Ibrahim Index gives us a mixed picture about recent progress on governance across the continent. While many African citizens are becoming healthier and have greater access to economic opportunities than five years ago, many of them are less physically secure and less politically enfranchised.”

Read more on the report in BBC News, Business Daily Africa and Reuters . And be sure to keep an eye out for our in-depth analysis of the report later this week. The full report can be found on the Mo Ibrahim Foundation website.