Governance progress slowed across Africa for the first time in a decade, even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, with a commitment to democracy and civil rights faltering, the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance has shown. The Wall Street Journal reports that while more than 60 percent of Africans live in countries that made progress in good governance over the period 2010 to 2019 progress has slowed in the last five years and this year, for the first time in the last 10 years, the combined score for all the countries fell year-on-year. The report states that across Africa, progress in some areas such as economic opportunity has come alongside “worrying declines in participation, rights, inclusion, rule of law, and security, while the coronavirus now also threatens gains in economic opportunity.