[9th July 2014]

KENYA TOPS AFRICA IN GOOD COUNTRY INDEX

Kenya has been named the best African nation which has contributed most to humanity and the planet. At 26th overall placing globally, Kenya is the only country in Africa to break into the top 30, according to the Good Country Index survey. The factors that boosted Kenya's ranking include: deploying peace-keeping troops at the horn of Africa, hosting asylum seekers, voluntary donations to World Health Organisation (WHO), Cyber security, contributions to international publications in science and technology, the number of UN volunteers abroad and charity.

Kenya has been described as an inspiring example which showed that making a meaningful contribution to society, is by no means the exclusive duty of 'first-world' nations.

Ireland emerged as the best country in the world with the greatest contributions to humanity and the planet. UK came in seventh overall due to it booming tech industry. It topped the list as the best contributior to science and technology, globally. US scooped 21st position, a drop in rank attributed to poor scores on international peace and security. Besides Western Europe and the English-speaking world, Costa Rica ranked the highest, at 22nd place, while Chile took 24th place.

"The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple; to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity and what it takes away," he said. Anholt added that the survey was not to "name and shame" or make moral judgements about countries, but rather to recognise the importance of contributing to the greater good in a globalised society. The results were revealed as part of the first ever Good Country Index, which ranks countries by combining 35 separate indicators from the United Nations, the World Bank and other international institutions. Overal Ranking Table:

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000126074/kenya-officially-top-in-africa-in-pursuing-best-interests-of-humanity 26/06/2014

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