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Monday, October 26, 2009

South Africa Tops Prosperity Rankings in Africa

26 Oct 2009 14:00 Africa/Lagos

South Africa Tops Prosperity Rankings in Africa, While Zimbabwe and Sudan Rank Bottom in the World, Finds the Legatum Prosperity Index

LONDON, October 26/PRNewswire/ --

- Strong Communities, Personal Freedom and Democratic Institutions are the Recipe for Success in South Africa and Botswana; Poor Governance, Dire Health Conditions and Low Levels of Internal Security Drag Down the Rest

The third edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index, published today, ranks 104 countries (covering 90% of the world's population), based on a definition of prosperity that combines economic growth together with measures of happiness and quality of life. Thanks to strong communities and democratic institutions, South Africa is the highest ranked sub-Saharan African nation, placed 51st, closely followed by Botswana at 56th. The majority of African countries rank in the bottom 15 with the Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe ranked dead last at 101st, 103rd, and 104th respectively.

"The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing," said Dr. William Inboden, Senior Vice President of the Legatum Institute. "The lowest ranking African countries show a clear link between a lack of effective government structures, high levels of internal conflict, and a lack of personal freedom, all of which contribute towards low levels of prosperity," he continued. "However, for African countries pursuing greater prosperity, there are clear and positive signals in success stories such as South Africa and Botswana which demonstrated considerable economic growth over the last few years as well as improved governmental structure, and the promotion of civil liberties - the building blocks for prosperity." concluded Dr. Inboden.

Key Findings from the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index

- Finland tops the Index, followed by Switzerland, Sweden, and
Denmark; the United States is 9th and the United Kingdom is 12th.

- The low rankings of Sub-Saharan African countries such as Kenya,
Nigeria and Zimbabwe can be linked to a combination of poor
governance, dire health conditions and low levels of internal security.

- In Botswana, improved governmental structure and the promotion of
civil liberties are key to the countries good ranking, with 84%
of citizens confident in the fairness of the judicial system, and 91%
believing that the country's political elections are honest. However,
the very low health rank, attributed to the deep impact of the AIDS
epidemic on the country, pulls it down.

- Zimbabwe ranked inside the bottom three in five separate areas:
Economic Fundamentals, Health, Safety and Security, Governance, and
Personal Freedom.

- Mali and Nigeria rank within the top 16 countries globally
for social capital. In fact, most Sub-Saharan African countries rank
inside the top third globally in this area thanks to the high degree
of religiosity in Africa, where African countries take six of the
top 10 places.

- All but two Sub-Saharan African countries rank within the
bottom 25% of the rankings for entrepreneurship and innovation.

- Mozambique ranks lowest globally for education.

- The Central African Republic ranks lowest globally for both
entrepreneurship and innovation and health.

- Zimbabwe ranks lowest globally for economic fundamentals and

- Both Botswana and Ghana are in the top third globally for
levels of personal freedom.

- Mali is the most safe and secure Sub-Saharan African country ranking
43rd in this area while Sudan is the least secure Sub-Saharan African
country ranking 103rd globally.

- Six of the 11 lowest ranking countries for safety and
security are Sub-Saharan African.

The Index identified nine key factors that drive economic growth and personal wellbeing, which are foundations of prosperity. Each of these nine factors is represented in a sub-index and a country's final Prosperity Index ranking is generated by averaging its scores across all nine sub-indexes, equally weighted. More information on the Prosperity Index, including full country rankings, background on data and methodology, and profiles of each country can be found at

Notes to Editors:

About the Legatum Prosperity Index

The 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index is based on statistical analysis of more than 40 years of data for more than 100 countries worldwide, produced and supervised by the Legatum Institute, with input from the research consultancy Oxford Analytica and a panel of respected academic advisors in the fields of economics, history, development, sociology, and political science.

2009 Legatum Prosperity Index Rankings


1. Finland 51. South Africa
2. Switzerland 55. Botswana
3. Sweden 64. Mali
4. Denmark 67. Namibia
5. Norway 71. Tunisia
6. Australia 83. Ghana
7. Canada 84. Senegal
8. Netherlands 85. Morocco
9. United States 88. Egypt
10. New Zealand 89. Mozambique
11. Ireland 92. Zambia
12. United Kingdom 96. Algeria
13. Belgium 97. Kenya
14. Germany 98. Tanzania
15. Austria 99. Nigeria
16. Japan 100. Cameroon
17. France 101. Central African Republic
18. Hong Kong 103. Sudan
19. Spain 104. Zimbabwe
20. Slovenia


95. Kenya
96. Algeria
97. Tanzania
98. Nigeria
99. Pakistan
100. Cameroon
101. Central African Republic
102. Yemen
103. Sudan
104. Zimbabwe

How the Index is constructed

The Prosperity Index accounts for 90 percent of the world's population, using a combination of objective data and subjective responses to surveys. This data comprises 79 different variables, and each is then distilled into one of the nine different sub-indexes identified as a foundation of prosperity. A country's performance in each sub-index is given a score, and the overall Prosperity Index rankings are produced by averaging the equally-weighted scores of the 9 sub-indexes for each country. Those countries that perform well across each sub-index score highest in the overall rankings.

The nine foundations of prosperity that define successful nations include:

- Economic Fundamentals - a growing, sound economy that
provides opportunities for wealth creation
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation - an environment friendly to new
enterprises and the commercialisation of new ideas
- Education - an accessible, high-quality educational system that
fosters human development
- Democratic Institutions - transparent and accountable governing
institutions that promote economic growth
- Governance - an honest and effective government that preserves
order and encourages productive citizenship
- Health - the physical well-being of the populace
- Personal Freedom - the degree to which individuals can choose the
course of their lives
- Security - a safe environment in which people can pursue opportunity
- Social Capital - trustworthiness in relationships and strong

About the Legatum Institute

The Legatum Institute is an independent policy, advocacy and advisory organisation. The Institute's mission is to research and promote the principles that drive the creation of global prosperity and the expansion of human liberty and wellbeing.

For more information about the Legatum Institute, please visit

The Institute is part of the Legatum Group, a private global investment organization focused on investing in the international capital markets and the promotion of sustainable development.

For more information about the Legatum Group, please visit

Media Enquiries

William Inboden, Legatum Institute
Telephone: +44-20-7148-5400

Nick Wood, Media Intelligence Partners
Telephone +44-20-3008-8146

Dubai, UAE
Hamish Banks, Legatum
Telephone: +971-4-317-5800

Nicole Anwer, Legatum
Telephone: +971-4-317-5800

New York
Michael Iacovella, Edelman
Telephone +1-212-704-8254

Arwa Husain, Adfactors PR
Telephone +91-22-2281-3565

Source: Legatum

Media Enquiries: London: William Inboden, Legatum Institute, Telephone: +44-20-7148-5400,; Nick Wood, Media Intelligence Partners, Telephone +44-20-3008-8146, Email:; Dubai, UAE: Hamish Banks, Legatum, Telephone: +971-4-317-5800, Email:; Nicole Anwer, Legatum, Telephone: +971-4-317-5800, Email:; New York: Michael Iacovella, Edelman, Telephone +1-212-704-8254, Email:; Mumbai: Arwa Husain, Adfactors PR, Telephone +91-22-2281-3565, Email: