Our research

The Foundation’s research team is primarily engaged with producing two major annual publications, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), and a research report to accompany the Forum at the Foundation’s annual Governance Weekend, which is focussed on a different topic every year. Previous topics include Africa’s urbanisation, youth and agriculture.

Key research documents

The Foundation also produces research outside of these major products on issues surrounding the focus of the Foundation’s work, including a series of collaborative research papers, intended to provide in-depth analysis and insights on key issues relevant to governance and leadership in Africa, in addition to our main research outputs.

Other MIF research documents

Joint research documents


Each month we highlight reports relating to African governance we have found interesting. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors and not the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and listing here is not an endorsement of any views therein.

The SDG Center for Africa released a report titled Africa 2030: Sustainable Development Goals: Three-Year Reality Check, assessing the current state of the SDGs on the continent and highlighting the areas of progress, while also analysing the gaps currently hindering the realisation of a number of objectives. The report outlines four key messages: large data gaps continue to predominate; economic growth remains subdued, as does social economic inclusion; a global SDG Framework is in place but lacks a fully fledged implementation and accountability mechanism; and financing for SDGs has fallen woefully short of targets – the funding gap is particularly large in Africa. The report notes that African countries are still underperforming in many of the SDGs and are unlikely to achieve them.

Vision for Humanity published the Institute for Economics and Peace’s 13th Global Peace Index (GPI). The report ranks 163 independent states according to their level of peacefulness, while also providing data-driven analysis on peace, its economic value, trends, and how to develop peaceful societies. The 2019 GPI observed that for the first time in five years the global average level of peacefulness has improved. However, the world is less peaceful than it was a decade ago with global peacefulness having deteriorated by 3.78% since 2008. The continental average for Africa is a peacefulness score of 2.284, equivalent to a medium State of Peace.

Afrobarometer, in partnership with Transparency International, released the Global Corruption Barometer Africa 2019, presenting the largest, most detailed set of public opinion data on citizens’ views on corruption and direct experiences of bribery in Africa. The report is based on fieldwork conducted in 34 countries between 2016 and 2018 by Afrobarometer, as well as a survey conducted by Omega Research, incorporating the views of more than 47,000 citizens in 35 countries across Africa. The report find that more than half of all citizens think corruption is getting worse in their country, while the majority of responds are not satisfied with their government’s response to corruption. Furthermore, two-thirds of citizens fear retaliation if they report corruption. A number of policy recommendations are made based on the report’s findings.