South Sudan, once again, ranked as the most troubled country while Ethiopia recorded the greatest worsening globally over 2016, according to Fragile States Index 2017

By Maryanne Gicobi (The East African) |

East and central African countries have once again ranked poorly in a Washington-based think tank’s annual rating of countries’ susceptibility to instability.

South Sudan returned to position one as the most troubled country from position two while Ethiopia recorded the greatest worsening globally over 2016, according to the annual Fragile States Index 2017, published by Fund for Peace assessing by assessing the pressures experienced by nations based on social, economic, and political indicators such as demographic pressures, refugee flows, uneven economic development or severe economic decline, and human rights, among others.

Somalia was the second most troubled country of the 178 states that were ranked, followed by Central African Republic  at position three. Sudan was fifth, Democratic Republic of Congo seventh and Burundi 17th.

Kenya was ranked at position 22, Uganda 24, Rwanda 34 and Tanzania was the most stable at position 65.

The Fragile States Index assesses 178 countries — with number one being the most unstable country and 178 the most stable, based on 12 social, economic and political indicators that quantify pressures experienced by countries that make them unstable.

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