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Differing views.

After reading the cover story 'Days of Thunder' (African Business, March 2011 issue), I thought it would be interesting to see how the two North African countries that underwent revolutions, Tunisia and Egypt, were placed in the Ibrahim Index of Good Governance.


I would not want to belittle the value of Mr Ibrahim's foundation's work in promoting Africa's leadership and the effort he has made to use his fortune constructively to accelerate the continent's development. But I was very surprised to find that both Tunisia and Egypt were highly placed, within the top 10 countries in Africa, in the 2010 overall governance table. That raises fundamental questions on the general standard of governance that exists in Africa or the ability of academics to accurately measure good (and bad) governance.

I hope that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will take the opportunity to explain the apparent discrepancies that recent events in North Africa have illustrated in the governance rankings, perhaps using the letters pages of your magazine to do so?

Hugh McKie

Inverness, Scotland

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Title Annotation:Days of Thunder
Author:McKie, Hugh
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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