With the launch of the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, we have updated and refined our online data portal that contains data of all 100 indicators for each of the 54 countries from 2000-2016 in an easily accessible, user-friendly interface. The portal allows users to explore all the data available in a variety of ways, from top-line scores to trend graphs and tables.
The home screen of the portal shows an overview of African governance, with an averaged score for Overall Governance for the whole of Africa from the latest Index, as well as the underlying scores for each of the four main governance categories that make up this overall score. This year, we also show a trend classification, which adds more nuance to country and group trajectories as we look at trends from the past five years within the context of the past decade, giving a more complete picture of the trajectory of African governance. More about how we classify the data here.
The IIAG is a composite Index, and users can change the home screen display to see the scores for any given category in the IIAG, which will in turn display the scores of the underlying indicators that make up the category scores for the governance dimension selected.
Comparing and contrasting
The two large buttons at the top of the portal allow users to select the data they wish to analyse. It's possible to select multiple points on either side: either comparing a number of measures for a single location, or to compare one measure across multiple locations. all of which can be viewed over a custom timescale, with the default being 2007-2016 (and for trend classifications, 2012-2016).
For example, let's look at changes in participation in some countries following the Arab Spring. Selecting countries shows the changes before and after these events for this governance dimension:
Tunisia's Participation score change from 2011 may be impressive, but the trend classifications add nuance to the trajectory, as slower progress in the five years since the Arab Spring (compared to the last decade) means it receives a Slowing Improvement classification, while Egypt shows Warning Signs with decline in recent years.
This data can be viewed in a variety of ways. As well as the overall scores and trends, line graphs of scores and the map of trend classifications, it's possible to view a quadrant graph of the annual average trends, and a table view with scores for the timeframe selected. The Overview and Table view also show underlying measures, enabling further depth of analysis:
The data is open to all who wish to view it, and we encourage all those interested in African governance to measure and monitor performance with this tool, and share their findings online using #IIAG.
Further development is planned for the online portal and we welcome your feedback. For users wishing to explore further detail, our Excel data portal is available along with other files on our downloads page.