African governance league table 2011. Best and Worst countries.
THE $5m prize for “achievement in African leadership” created by Mo Ibrahim five years ago has at last found a new recipient. After two years of not deeming anyone worthy enough, the committee that picks winners on behalf of the Anglo-Sudanese telecoms billionaire chose Pedro Verona Pires. Never heard of him? He used to be the president of Cape Verde, deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Population—half a million; life expectancy—71 years. After two terms of office totalling ten years, Mr Pires allowed himself to be voted out last month. The prize committee praised him for helping his nation to become “only the second African country to graduate from the United Nations’ Least Developed category” and winning “international recognition for its record on human rights and good governance”. —More @Economist