The Chandler Good Government Index, released for the first time, has placed Zimbabwe as the worst governed country in Africa and the second worst world, while Nigeria was ranked the second worst in Africa and the third-worst governed country in the world.
The report noted that the ability to handle corruption properly is the strongest indicator of good governance. Thus the CGGI ranked Nigeria 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 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.
Worldwide, Finland topped the list with 0.848 points ahead of Switzerland and Singapore, but on the African continent, Mauritius scored 0.5670, placing it at number 38 on the index and is Africa’s best governed country.
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.
Top 10 Worst Governed Country In Africa
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.”
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.
Below are the most governed countries in Africa – 2021
Top 10 Most Governed Country In Africa
World rank | Country
70 South Africa
73 Egypt, Arab Rep.