10 Most Peaceful African Countries in 2024

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A new report by the Global Peace Index for 2024 has revealed that the world is at a crossroads, and without concerted effort, there is a risk of a surge in major conflicts.

Globally, there are now 56 conflicts, the highest number since World War II. These conflicts have become increasingly international, with 92 countries involved in disputes beyond their borders—the most since the inception of the Global Peace Index (GPI).

The rise in minor conflicts increases the likelihood of more major conflicts in the future. For instance, in 2019, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Gaza were all identified as minor conflicts.

Per the report, 97 countries deteriorated in peacefulness, more than any year since the inception of the Global Peace Index in 2008.

The global economic impact of violence increased to $19.1 trillion in 2023, representing 13.5% of global GDP. Exposure to conflict poses a significant supply chain risk for governments and businesses.

Militarisation recorded its largest yearly deterioration since the inception of the GPI, with 108 countries becoming more militarised.

In the first four months of 2024, conflict-related deaths globally amounted to 47,000. If the same rate continues for the rest of this year, it would be the highest number of conflict deaths since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

In Africa, the report indicates that Mauritius is the most peaceful country for 2024, with an overall score of 1.577. Following Mauritius, Madagascar has a score of 1.838, and Botswana scores 1.863.

RankCountryOverall ScoreOverall Rank
1Mauritius1.57722
2Madagascar1.83844
3Botswana1.86350
4Ghana1.93855
5Zambia1.94857
6Namibia1.97262
7Tanzania1.98765
8Sierra Leone1.99366
9Liberia2.02569
10Angola2.04373

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