Top 10 Most Fragile Countries in Africa, 2018

African nations have always had problems, most are even very unstable and less steady because of their social, political, monetary and statistic helplessness and this was proven by the the most recent Fragile States Index discharged by United States Fund for Peace.

Top 10 Most Fragile Countries in Africa, 2018

Definition Of A Fragile State

A fragile state has several attributes. Common indicators include a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; and sharp economic decline.

The Fragile States Index (FSI) is an annual ranking of 178 countries (African countries were ranked very poorly) based on the different pressures they face that impact their levels of fragility.

The Index is based on The Fund for Peace’s proprietary Conflict Assessment System Tool (CAST) analytical approach.

According to their latest ranking, The most fragile country in Africa is South Sudan, with a score of 113.9.

The report described the challenges faced by South Sudan alone as enormous with the country’s distorted political system and the attendant military and militant attacks. It is almost impossible that South Sudan will give up the top position in this ranking in a short time, the report said.,

Others on the list are Somalia (113.4), Central African Republic (112.6), Sudan (110.6), Democratic Republic of Congo (110.0).

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The Giant of Africa Nigeria also made it into the top 10 list of most fragile countries in Africa.
The country was given a score of 110.6. making it the 8th most fragile country in Africa.

Checkout the full list below

Top 10 Most Fragile Countries in Africa, 2018

Country Rank Score
South Sudan 1 113.9
Somalia 2 113.4
CAR 3 112.6
Sudan 4 110.6
DR Congo 5 110.0
Chad 6 109.4
Guinea 7 102.4
Nigeria 8 101.6
Zimbabwe 9 101.6
Ethiopia 10 101.1
Guinea Bissau 11 99.5
Burundi 12 98.9
Eritrea 13 98.1
Niger 14 97.4
Cote d ivoire 15 96.5
Kenya 16 96.4
Libya 17 96.3
Uganda 18 96.0
Cameroun 19 95.6
Liberia 20 93.8


Based on comprehensive social science methodology, three primary streams of data — quantitative, qualitative, and expert validation — are triangulated and subjected to critical review to obtain final scores. Millions of documents are analyzed every year, and by applying highly specialized search parameters, scores are apportioned for every country based on twelve key political, social and economic indicators and over 100 sub-indicators that are the result of years of expert social science research.

The 12 indicators the repirt uses to determine the rating for each nation include:

Cohesion, economic, political and social indicators such as: Security threats; Fictionalized Elites: Group Grievance Economic Decline; Uneven Economic Development; Human Flight and Brain Drain; State Legitimacy; Public Services; Human Rights and Rule of Law; Demographic Pressures;Refugees and IDPs; and External Intervention.

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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