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Ibrahim Index of African Governance
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An advisor with Global Growth Advisors in New York, Julius Nyang’oro provides clients with dedicated advice on the African political economy, with an emphasis on investment, security, and social development. Julius Nyang’oro has a particularly strong interest in the trends in governance, with regards to Africa and its diaspora.

As reported in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) in late 2015, overall governance improvements have stalled since 2011, though they are up significantly since 2000. Over the past five years, there has been positive momentum in the areas of human rights and human development participation, but sustainable economic opportunity and safety and rule-of-law have witnessed declines.

The gains in human development among 39 of 54 countries has to do primarily with improvements in health indicators, which include a double-digit increase in access to antiretroviral treatments.

The IIAG-reported trends mask a wide range of actual governance dynamics, with Mauritius achieving a score of 79.9 out of 100 and Somalia scoring just 8.5. That said, Somalia was one of only a half dozen countries that enjoyed gains spanning all four categories, with the others being Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, and Rwanda.