As of July 2009 there are 21 democracies in Africa & a further 6 countries that could be described as flawed or semi democracies. This compares to just 3 democracies in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell.

In addition the number of military coups in Africa is steadily declining. In the 1960s there were 24 coups, in the 1990s there were 14, so far this decade there have been less than 10.

Functioning democracies

1. Nigeria

2. South Africa

3. Kenya

4. Ghana

5. Mali

6. Niger

7. Benin

8. Senegal

9. Sierra leone

10. Liberia

11. Central African Republic

12. Mozambique

13. Tanzania

14. Botswana

15. Namibia

16. Mauritius

17. Cape Verde

18. Lesotho

19. Sao Tome

20. Comoros

21. Seychelles

Semi or flawed democracies

1. Algeria

2. Angola

3. Burundi

4. Malawi

5. Zambia

6. Guinea Bissau

In addition the number of military coups in Africa is steadily declining. In the 1960s there were 24 coups, in the 1990s there were 14, so far this decade there have been less than 10.

Functioning democracies

1. Nigeria

2. South Africa

3. Kenya

4. Ghana

5. Mali

6. Niger

7. Benin

8. Senegal

9. Sierra leone

10. Liberia

11. Central African Republic

12. Mozambique

13. Tanzania

14. Botswana

15. Namibia

16. Mauritius

17. Cape Verde

18. Lesotho

19. Sao Tome

20. Comoros

21. Seychelles

Semi or flawed democracies

1. Algeria

2. Angola

3. Burundi

4. Malawi

5. Zambia

6. Guinea Bissau