Top 10 Best Governed Countries In Africa – 2021

The Chandler Good Government Index, released for the first time, has placed Mauritius as the best governed country in Africa and 38th best governed in the world.

Top 10 Best Governed Countries In Africa - 2021

The report noted that the ability to handle corruption properly is the strongest indicator of good governance. Thus the CGGI ranked Mauritius 38 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.567 points.

The CGGI explained that the ranking came during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed the strengths and weaknesses in institutions, laws, and leadership in countries as governance decides the success of these countries.

Top 10 Worst Governed Countries In Africa 2021

Worldwide, Finland topped the list ahead of Switzerland and Singapore, but on the African continent, Mauritius scored 0.567, placing it at number 38 on the index and is Africa’s best governed country. Rwanda, Botswana, Morocco, South Africa were ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

The index used 34 parameters to measure the success of the countries. These include leadership and foresight; robust laws and policies; strong institutions; financial stewardship; attractive marketplace; global influence and reputation; and helping people rise.

World Rank Country Score
38 Mauritius 0.567
53 Rwanda 0.508
57 Botswana 0.502
61 Morocco 0.493
70 South Africa 0.444
71 Senegal 0.440
72 Ghana 0.431
73 Egypt 0.424
75 Tunisia 0.420
76 Namibia 0.419

Top 10 Worst Governed Countries In Africa

Top 10 Worst Governed Countries In Africa 2021

The United States has often accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime of looting Nigeria with impunity.

“Although the law provides criminal penalties for conviction of official corruption, the government did not consistently implement the law, and government employees frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity,” the U.S. report said.

“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government, including the judiciary and security services.”

Below are the worst governed countries in Africa – 2021

World Rank Country Score
103 Zimbabwe 0.283
101 Nigeria 0.319
102 Mozambique 0.321
100 Mali 0.329
98 Madagascar 0.344
96 Burkina Faso 0.347
95 Zambia 0.344
94 Algeria 0.355
93 Ethiopia 0.355
90 Malawi 0.359


The CGGI is a composite index measuring the effectiveness and capabilities of 104 governments around the world. The CGGI has intentionally reached for the broadest global coverage possible – subject to the limitations of data quality available.
The Index is made up of 34 indicators, which are organised into seven pillars:

1. Leadership and Foresight
2. Robust Laws and Policies
3. Strong Institutions
4. Financial Stewardship
5. Attractive Marketplace
6. Global Influence and Reputation
7. Helping people rise

The first six pillars relate to the six realms of government capabilities. while the final pillar focuses on the key outcomes of good governance that help create opportunity and prosperity.

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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