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Friday, 4 April 2008

How weak is your country?

A new report by the Brookings Institution ranks and evaluates 141 developing nations based on their relative performance in four critical areas: economic, political, security and social welfare.

This paper presents the Index of State Weakness in the Developing World, which ranks all 141 developing countries according to their relative performance in four critical spheres: economic, political, security, and social welfare. We define weak states as countries that lack the essential capacity and/or will to fulfill four sets of critical government responsibilities: fostering an environment conducive to sustainable and equitable economic growth; establishing and maintaining legitimate, transparent, and accountable political institutions; securing their populations from violent conflict and controlling their territory; and meeting the basic human needs of their population. We measure state weakness according to each state’s effectiveness in delivering on these four critical dimensions. Contrary to some conventional usage, we do not equate “strong” states with authoritarian or semiauthoritarian regimes that impose their will within or beyond their borders, a criterion that would make North Korea, for example, a strong state (rather than a weak one, as we regard it). Instead, a state’s strength or weakness is a function of its effectiveness, responsiveness, and legitimacy across a range of government activities.

Zambia is ranked the 32nd weakest state in the world (click image below for clarity) . I'll let you be the judge on the robustness of this report, especially with respect to the data. Some themes on Zambia seem familiar (poor government effectiveness, infant mortality, undernourishment etc) others less so (high inflation, gross human rights abuses - some politically motivated abuse of rights, but surely not gross?).

2 comments:

  1. MOST PEOPLE SAY SO AS I HAVE READ FROM THE COMMENT ON THE NET.AND I READ IN THE MIRROR ON INTELIGENCY,I FEEL WE ARE NOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEMS OF CORRUPTION ,UNEMPROYEMENT,AND PEOPLE PLACEMENT IN RIGHT PLACES,WE ARE CAPABLE BUT SOMETHING WRONG IS GOING ON WITHIN OURSELVES,CAN WE SEAT AND CORRECT THIS BEFORE ITS TO LATE.WE YOUTHS WE NEED A SOUND COUNTRLY WITH GOOD GOD FEARING,CREATIVE AND CAPABLE READERS,IF WE CAN WORK TOGETHER WE CAN WIN THE BATTLE.WE NEED TO THINK FAST AND ACT WITHIN THE SHORTEST STANCY OF TIME.

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  2. I THINK OUR COUNTRLY IS NOT AS WEAK AS MANY MAY SAY IT IS ONLY THAT WE ARE EMEGING FROM ONE DIMENSION ,WE NEED TO ROTATE SO FAST TO GET THE MEANING OF DEMOCRACY ,AND CURRENT CRIMATE CHANGES,BUT WE NEED HELP TO GET IT.WE NEED TO PROMOTE PEOPLE IN RIGHT PLACES TO SEE THINGS MOVE.WE NEED TO COPPERATE WITH THEM TO MOVE THINGS TOGETHER ,WE SHOULD NOT USE THEM AND THROW THEM LIKE RUGS,WE NEED TO EVOLVE WITH CHANGE.BY LEONARD MWANSA AKNGWA ,STUDENT AT ZAMBIA AIR SERVICES TRANING INSTITUTE,

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