Mauritius remains the top ranking country in overall governance in Africa for the twelfth consecutive year according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) 2018. With a total score of 79.5 points, Mauritius ranks first in Africa and is followed by Seychelles with 73.2 points and Cape Verde with 71.1 points at the second and third position respectively.

The report observes that the Overall Governance in Africa remains, on average, on an upward trajectory. In 2017, the continent reached its highest governance score of the last ten years, that is 49.9 out of 100.0, an improvement of +1.0 point from 2008. IIAG 2018 further indicates that a total of 34 countries, which are home to approximately 71.6% of Africa’s citizens, have improved their governance performance over the last ten-year period.

According to IIAG 2018, African countries show increasing divergence in Overall Governance performance. Continental progress is mainly driven by 15 countries that have managed to accelerate their pace of improvement over the last five years. Divergence is also reflected in Sustainable Economic Opportunity trends. While 27 Africa’s countries have shown some improvement, in 25 countries, accounting for 43.2% of Africa’s citizens, Sustainable Economic Opportunity performance has declined over the last ten years.

Mo Ibrahim Index provides a comprehensive assessment of governance performance for 54 African countries and is the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance. It combines 93 indicators into four categories namely: Safety and Rule of Law; Participation and Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development.

IIAG was set up in recognition of the need for a robust, comprehensive and quantifiable tool for civil society to track government performance in Africa. It is Africa’s leading annual assessment of governance established to inform and empower the continent’s citizens and support governments, parliaments and the civil society to assess progress.

Source: Government of Mauritius