“This is not Sudan, where one man ruled for 30 years and now the military is in control. This is not Venezuela, where citizens are denied their rights, where the legislature is unable to play its role, and humanitarian aid is blocked from reaching people in desperate need,” he told the Liberian people.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has released its annual evaluation that measures good governance across the continent. The latest iteration of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance shows Liberia having a slightly better than average ranking of the 54 African countries measured. Liberia ranked 23rd in Overall Governance – a significant improvement from the first report published in 2007 when Liberia ranked 40th.
Winning this award was certainly a capstone to Ellen Sirleaf’s career as a fearless Liberian leader. She may not have been perfect, but she made significant strides in helping Liberia rise from the ashes.
The most surprising result for Liberia in the 2016 iteration of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance was that Gender was the only subcategory in which Liberia decreased in performance over the past decade.
In 2006, Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim launched his Ibrahim Index of African Governance to measure and monitor performance across the continent. This year, the tenth iteration of the index was launched, providing a decade’s worth of data on African countries.