Nearly half of South Africa’s ministers are women, the highest proportion in Africa, but the percentage falls very fast – women ministers are 20% or higher in just 10 countries, in this dataset of 36 African countries.
Mugabe gets especially bad marks for presiding over inflation so bad that in January the government released a $50 billion note — enough to buy two loaves of bread.
The Index measures economic freedom from a “free markets” angle, with four main pillars – rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency and open markets. On these measures, Uganda is a surprisingly high performer
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The beautiful First Ladies probably become some kind of political bling, to make up for an autocrat’s democratic deficit. Democratic presidents, on the other hand, don’t need to put a shine on their legitimacy. They get it at the polls.
The Failed States Index has always been controversial in Africa, but nevertheless is better than nothing in offering a sense of the internal strengths and weaknesses of nations.