NAMIBIA RANKS AS 6TH LEAST FRAGILE NATION IN AFRICA, BUT ONLY 103RD IN THE WORLD

WINDHOEK, Namibia ranks as the sixth least fragile country in Africa, according to the Fragile States Index 2016-17 recently published by an American think tank but stands at only 103rd among 178 countries on a global basis.

The Fund for Peace has just released its Fragile States Index 2016-17 for the 13th year running. Namibia, along with Mauritius, Seychelles, Botswana, Ghana, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Gabon, and Tunisia are ranked as Africa?s 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 (CAR), Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, Guinea, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The poor ranking of these countries is mainly because of 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.

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.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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