Governance in Africa Oct 7th 2008 From The Economist print edition MAURITIUS is the best-run country in Africa for the second year running, according to the Ibrahim governance index published on Monday October 6th. The index ranks 48 sub-Saharan African countries by five criteria: safety and security, the rule of law, transparency and corruption, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development. Size matters: most of the ten best-run countries have small populations; big, often resource-rich countries fill the bottom of the table. One notable anomaly suggests that open democracy is given less weight in the index than might be expected. Gabon, which is placed eighth, has been governed for over four decades by its president Omar Bongo, who has faced allegations of serious corruption.