03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibia is the sixth least fragile country in Africa, according to the Fragile States Index 2016-17 recently published by an American think tank.
The Fund for Peace released the Fragile States Index 2016-17 for the 13th year running, placing Namibia as the sixth least fragile country in Africa and 103rd least fragile out of 178 countries in the world.
Namibias best rating in the past 13 years was in 2013 when the country was listed as the 108th least fragile country in the world, while the lowest was in 2009 when it was placed at 96th overall.
Namibia, along with Mauritius, Seychelles, Botswana, Ghana, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Gabon, and Tunisia are ranked as Africas least fragile states for the 2016-17 period.
The most fragile states on the continent, according to the Index are South Sudan, Somalia, Central Africa Republic, Sudan, DRC, Chad, Guinea, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The poor ranking of these countries is mainly due to civil strife.
According to the Fragile States Index, the most stable countries on a global scale are Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Ireland.
The Fund said the Fragile States Index is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure.
By highlighting pertinent issues in weak and failing states, The Fragile States Indexand the social science framework and software application upon which it is builtmakes political risk assessment and early warning of conflict accessible to policy-makers and the public at large, the Fund said in the Index published on its website.
The Fragile States Index is an annual ranking of 178 nations based on their levels of stability and the pressures they face. The Fund for Peace says it analyses millions of data every year by applying highly specialised search parameters and apportions scores for every country based on twelve key political, social and economic indicators that include over 100 sub-indicators.
The Fund for Peace describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit research and educational organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security.
It says its objective is to create practical tools and approaches for conflict mitigation that are useful to decision-makers.