Cabo Verde remains in 2nd place in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance for 2015

6 October 2015

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) remained in second place, Sao Tome and Principe was ranked 13th and Mozambique 21st in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, whose 2015 edition was released Monday in London.

The two other Portuguese-speaking African countries – Angola and Guinea-Bissau – came in at the bottom of the ranking in 43rd and 45th places respectively in the index that analyses a set of governance parameters for 54 African countries.

Cabo Verde had a total of 74.5 points on a scale of 0 to 100, 0.8 points less than last year, but remained above the overall average of 50.1 points and the West African regional average of 52.4 points .

The second best ranking for a Portuguese-speaking was for Sao Tome and Principe, despite having fallen one place compared to 2014, and it was also the country with the best classification in the category of good governance in Central Africa.

In the first half of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2015 Mozambique rose to 21st place (22nd in 2014), although the overall rating worsened slightly since last year.

Angola improved marginally, but went down three places, now occupying 43rd place out of a total of 54 countries.

According to this year’s report, produced on the basis of 2014 data, governance in Angola scored 40.8 points, 0.1 points more than last year.

Finally, Guinea-Bissau moved up three places (45th), but remains in the group of 10 worst countries, with a score of 35.7 points, 3.8 points more than in 2014.

Mauritius continued to lead the index, followed by Cabo Verde, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.

Created in 2007 by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance annually measures the quality of governance in African countries by compiling data from various sources, and assessments of four categories – Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunities and Human Development – split into 14 subcategories. (macauhub/AO/CV/GW/MZ/ST)