According to the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), Zambia has ranked 13th out of 52 African countries in good governance and democracy.
Of a possible score of 100, Zambia scored 59.4, indicating a 3.1 point improvement for the country over the past five years.
The annual IIAG assessment is compiled by at least 30 independent African and global institutions who examine more than 100 variables when assessing each country’s progress in four conceptual categories including: Safety & Rule of Law; Participation & Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development.
According to the IIAG, governance is defined as the responsible delivery of necessary political, social and economic goods to citizens from their government.
The IIAG, which claims to offer the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance, ranked Mauritius as the highest of the 52 countries with a score of 81.7 and reported Somalia as the lowest ranking country with a score of 8.6.