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African Job Creation Lags Developmental Gains, Study Finds

  • Mauritius tops Mo Ibrahim foundation’s governance ranking
  • Somalia, South Sudan are rated worst-governed countries

Most African nations are doing a better job in promoting development and safeguarding human rights but are falling short in providing jobs for their burgeoning populations, a study by a foundation started by Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim has found.

While an overall African governance index reached a decade-high last year, with 34 of the 54 countries registering gains since since 2008, an index that measured sustainable economic opportunities barely changed, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said in its assessment released on Monday. That’s despite a 40 percent surge in the region’s gross domestic product over the period, according to the annual study which is based on data from 35 independent, external sources.