There are three disturbing trends in Ethiopia: tensions within the ruling party; continued ethnic tensions; and the lack of transparency around the deals done with insurgent groups.
“If prayers were enough”, said American preacher TD Jakes, “Nigeria would be one of the richest countries in the world”.
Even more shocking is that living in a resource-rich country makes you more likely to suffer domestic violence, by a full 9 percentage points.
In the late 1980s only Botswana, Gambia and Mauritius held relatively open multiparty elections. Today, almost every state bar Eritrea holds elections of some form, though presidents win 88% of the polls they contest.
Botswana’s per-person GDP has increased rapidly. It passed the African average in the mid-1970s and has made steady progress since