According to Mo Ibrahim, These are the 20 Worst Governed Countries in Africa, 2018

According to the latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), Somalia is the worst governed Country in Africa, they are closely followed by South Sudan

Top 15 worst Governed Countries in Africa, 2018

The 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) is the 12 iteration of this Index, and is the most comprehensive annual statistical assessment of the quality of governance in 54 African countries.

The report supports good governance and leadership in Africa.

The four categories of governance as assessed by the Index are: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

According to the study, African government failed to translate economic growth into improved sustainable economic opportunity for their citizens.

“Since 2008 the African average score for Sustainable Economic Opportunity has increased by 0.1 point, an equivalent of only 0.2%, despite a continental increase in GDP of nearly 40% over the same period. There has been virtually no progress in creating Sustainable Economic Opportunity, meaning it remains the Index’s worst performing and slowest improving category.” Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)

From a total of 54 African countries in this years’ index, Somalia (13.6), which has been plagued by clan warfare for most of the past 30 years, ranked last.

It was followed by strife-torn South Sudan (19.3) and Libya (28.3), which with the 2011 fall of the monolithic regime of Moamer Kadhafi experienced the biggest decline (-15.6).

“A majority of the improved countries over the decade have lost momentum,” the report said.

The actually governance score for the continent only went up from 48.9 points on a 100 point scale in 2008, to 49.9 points last year. With Mauritius been the most governed country.

Below are the Top 20 worst governed Countries in Africa according to Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), 2018

20 Worst Governed Countries in Africa


20. Ethiopia 46.5
19. Cameroon 46.2
18. Guinea 45.9
17.. Djibouti 45.1
16. Zimbabwe 44.7
15. Mauritania 43.4
14. Gabon 42.4
13. Guinea-Bissau 40.2
12. Burundi 39.8
11. Congo 39.8
10. Angola 38.3
9. Chad 35.4
8. DRC 32.1
7. Equatorial Guinea 30.9
6. Sudan 30.8
5. CAR 29.5
4. Eritrea 29.3
3. Libya 28.3
2. South Sudan 19.3
1. Somalia 13.6

About the Ibrahim index
The ranking is issued by a London foundation established in 2006 by Mo Ibrahim, a businessman from Sudan who sold his mobile phone company Celtel in 2006.

With a mission to promote good governance in Africa, it also periodically awards a $5 million (4.4 million euro) prize to an African head of state who has left office and demonstrated good governance.

Governance is defined by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as the provision of the political, social and economic public goods and services that every citizen has the right to expect from his or her state, and that a state has the responsibility to deliver to its citizens. This definition is focused on outputs and outcomes of policy.

The IIAG governance framework comprises four categories:

1. Safety & Rule of Law
2. Participation & Human Rights
3. Sustainable Economic Opportunity, and
4. Human Development.

These categories are made up of 14 sub-categories, consisting of 102 indicators. The 2018 IIAG is calculated using data from 35 independent African and global data sources.

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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