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Liberia ‘most improved’ in 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

 Mo Ibrahim Foundation        Mo Ibrahim 2013 Index of African Governance (Liberia)

14th October 2013

 Liberia ‘most improved’ in 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Liberia leads table of biggest governance improvers in Africa since 2000, and has seen largest improvements in Safety & Rule of Law

The 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released today, reveals that Liberia is the ‘most improved country’ on the continent in terms of overall governance since 2000.

The top five most improved countries in the 2013 IIAG are all post-conflict countries: Liberia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Burundi.

The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Liberia’s performance across four categories of governance:

Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

Since 2000, Liberia has shown its biggest improvement in the category of

Safety & Rule of Law (a category in which many other African countries have seen recent deteriorations). Safety & Rule of Law measures judicial functions, accountability, transparency and corruption, property rights, personal safety and national security, among others.

Despite vast improvements since 2000, Liberia’s governance score remains below the continental average for Africa as well as the regional average for West Africa.

The 2013 IIAG shows that 94% of Africans live in a country that has experienced overall governance improvement since 2000.

The 6% of people living in a country that has experienced governance deterioration since 2000 are based in Madagascar, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Libya and Mali.
Liberia’s performance in the 2013 IIAG:

Ranks 29th (out of 52) overall

 Scores 50.3 (out of 100), lower than the African average (51.6)

 Has improved by +24.8 since 2000

 Ranks 10th (out of 16) in the West African region

 Scores lower than the regional average for West Africa (52.5)

 Ranks its highest in the category

Participation & Human Rights (19th out of 52)

Ranks its lowest in the category

Sustainable Economic Opportunity (38th out of 52)

 Ranks its highest in the sub-category

Participation (9th out of 52) and ranks its lowest in the sub-category Health (46th out of 52)

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