The Most Peaceful Countries in Africa 2017
Many African countries are considered less stable due to their social, political, economic
and demographic vulnerability. The stability of African countries was highlighted in the latest Fragile States Index released by United States think tank, Fund for Peace.
This index ranks countries according to their vulnerability to collapse based on twelve key political, social and economic indicators using the Conflict Assessment Tool (CAST) analytical approach. The report has been released annually since 2005.
This year Mauritius was ranked as the most stable country in Africa – ranked as 148th in the world in terms of fragility.
Mauritius is followed by Seychelles (125), Botswana (120), Ghana (108), Cape Verde (106), Namibia (103), Sao Tome and Principe (97), South Africa (96), Gabon (91) and Tunisia (89).
The most fragile country in Africa, according to the index, is South Sudan, followed by Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Guinea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
The 178 countries were ranked based on the different pressures they face that impact their levels of fragility. The number one most stable country on a global scale is Finland, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Ireland.