Top 10 African Countries With the Most Open Governments, 2020

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South Africa has the most open government in Africa according to the World Justice Project (WJP) in its 2020 report on open governments globally.

Top 10 African Countries With the Most Open Governments
Source: BBC

The WJP Open Government Index, which ranks 128 countries based on how open their governments are, ranked South Africa ahead of other African countries as the most open government in Africa.

According to WJP, the openness of government is the extent to which a government shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the government accountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations.

The Open Government factor measures whether basic laws and information on legal rights are publicized and evaluates the quality of information published by the government.

The table below shows the ten African countries with the most open governments.

Country Score Global Rank
South Africa 0.62 30
Rwanda 0.58 32
Namibia 0.58 40
Mauritius 0.54 50
Ghana 0.50 64
Botswana 0.50 66
Tunisia 0.48 68
Kenya 0.48 72
Burkina Faso 0.47 74
Liberia 0.47 75

How does the Nigerian Government rank?

Top 10 African Countries With the Most Open Governments

In the full report, Nigeria performed abysmally in all Eight factors considered by the WJP index. The country’s worst score was in Order and Security while her best score was in Constraints on Government Powers.

Factor Regional Rank Global Rank
Constraints on Government Powers 7/30 68/128
Absence of Corruption 20/30 109/128
Open Government 18/30 94/128
Fundamental Rights 13/30 99/128
Order and Security 30/30 127/128
Regulatory Enforcement 16/30 99/128
Civil Justice 10/30 75/128
Criminal Justice 8/30 76/128

In the report, the authors noted that More countries declined than improved in overall rule of law performance for a third year in a row, continuing a negative slide toward weakening and stagnating rule of law around the world

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The declines were widespread and seen in all corners of the world. In every region, a majority of countries slipped backward or remained unchanged in their overall rule of law performance since the 2019 WJP Rule of Law Index.

The countries were assessed on Eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

The scores and rankings in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2020 are derived from more than 130,000 household surveys and 4,000 legal practitioner and expert surveys worldwide. The authors covered 128 countries.



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