On his blog this week, CFR senior fellow John Campbell discussed the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership and the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), both issued by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Campbell first notes that the foundation failed to find a suitable recipient for the prize for the third time in the past four years. He then analyzes the rankings of the index, explaining that
Overall, the IIAG finds that African governance has improved since 2000. But, since 2006, it concludes that governance in certain areas has declined for the continent’s “regional powerhouses,” Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.