Ghana has come eighth in a new index measuring the quality of governance in the 48 sub-Saharan African countries, behind Mauritius, Seychelles, Botswana, Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon and Namibia. The lowest-scoring country is Somalia at 48th place, followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Sudan.

Published by the newly created Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranks governments according to five main areas of performance: safety and security; rule of law, transparency and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable economic activity; and human development. Developed under the direction of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the ranking will be repeated annually.

Established in October 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is the brainchild of Sudanese-born businessman Mo Ibrahim, the founder of one of Africa

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