South African police officers. Violence containment costs as a percentage of GDP (including expenditure on the military and personal security) in South Africa is in the region of Somalia's and Sudan's. (Photo/ Wikimedia Commons)

The Economic Cost Of Violence In Africa: Some Rich ‘Peaceful’ Countries Might As Well Be At War

In terms of absolute spending, violence containment costs in Africa roughly correlate with GDP. As a percentage of GDP however, it becomes more complicated: some wealthy countries might as well be at war.


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Mo Ibrahim (c) with musicians Youssou N'dour (l) from Senegal and Angelique Kidjo (r) from Benin, at the 2011 award ceremony in Tunis. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

Ibrahim Prize for Governance In Africa; Of Shallow Pools And Southward Forces

Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has