With at least 25 African countries conducting national elections in 2016-2017, great attention is being focused on election management bodies.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters.
Ethiopia and Zimbabwe show some of the most progress according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation index on African governance.
Governance index flags Africa's new and rising winners - watch out for Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar
Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Zimbabwe improved in all four governance categories.
Top 10 regulars, Cape Verde and Botswana, are now in the ten most deteriorated on the continent between 2011 - 2014
The argument until now has always been that when it comes to democracy, small is beautiful. Then came Togo, Benin, Burundi and Rwanda.
Africa’s much-talked runaway growth might actually be a Catch-22 situation.
The latest Mo Ibrahim governance index: Villains, winners and other things you probably didn't notice
It is probably time for a rethink , but have no doubt, it remains one of the better indicators of things on the ground in Africa.