Zim in top five failed states: Survey
BY NQABA MATSHAZI
DESPITE gains of the past three years, Zimbabwe remains in the top five
failed states, according to an annual worldwide survey.
The survey — a collaboration of American magazine, Foreign Policy and the
Fund for Peace, a US non-governmental organisation (NGO) — assessed 177
countries, looking at primarily inadequate health care, paltry
infrastructure, and basic hunger.
The only countries that ranked worse than Zimbabwe are Somalia, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Chad.
Zimbabwe scored 106,3 out of 120, making it the fifth worst country in the
survey, with the researchers saying there was a slight improvement from
2011, where the country had a mark of 107, with a higher mark indicating
However, in the previous year, Zimbabwe had ranked sixth, indicating a fall
in rankings this year. Zimbabwe’s worst ever position was in 2009, where it
scored 114 out of 120 and was only slightly better than Somalia.
“The economy has begun to expand again, growing by an estimated 6% in 2011,
but Zimbabwe remains politically fragile. Mugabe’s power-sharing arrangement
with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai remains more theory than reality,”
reads an assessment of the country by the survey.
“The country’s future, and how much worse it will sink on this list, depends
largely on who will rule when the 88-year-old Mugabe dies.”
Among the indicators where Zimbabwe fared the worst, was the rise of
factionalised elites, in which state institutions are fragmented along
ethnic, class, clan, racial or religious lines.
Zimbabwe scored 9,8 out 10 in the indicator, which surveyed the use of
nationalist political rhetoric by ruling elites to confine power among
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