Mauritius Tops Ibrahim Index of African Governance

September 25, 2007
Doug Gavel

Mauritius, a small island nation of approximately 1.2m residents in the Indian Ocean, tops the list of the 2007 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, it was announced today. The Index, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, was developed by Robert Rotberg, adjunct professor in public policy and program director of the Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution; and Rachel Gisselquist, program research associate.

The Ibrahim Index assesses sub-Saharan Africa's 48 nation states based on 58 measurements of essential political goods, which are collated under five primary categories — safety and security; rule of law, transparancy and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable economic development; and human development.

While Mauritius tops the 2007 Index, the other nations ranked in the top five are Seychelles, Botswana, Cape Verde, and South Africa. Data from 2005 were used to compile the rankings.

The Index is the first to explicitly rank African nations based on the quality of their governance. See more information on the Index website:

Robert Rotberg has taught political science and history at MIT for many years and prior to that at Harvard. He has written numerous books on African, Asian, and Caribbean politics. He is also president of the World Peace Foundation.

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