Botswana has been ranked 117th out of 177 (the lower the score the more
serious the problem) on the Failed States Index for 2007 in the four colour-coded categories.
According to the report, Botswana is in the orange stage of the colour
coding, meaning that the country is at the warning stage.
The Failed States Index is an annual ranking of 178 nations based on their levels of stability and the pressures they face. The Index is based on The Fund for Peace’s proprietary Conflict Assessment Software Tool (CAST) analytical platform. Based on comprehensive social science methodology, data from three primary sources is triangulated and subjected to critical review to obtain final scores for the Failed States Index.
Millions of documents are analyzed every year, and by applying highly specialized search parameters, scores are apportioned for every country based on twelve key political, social and economic Indicators and over 100 sub-indicators that are the result of years of painstaking expert social science research.
The 2012 Failed States Index, the eighth edition of the annual Index, is comprised of data collected between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.
Botswana, however, fared better than all other countries in Africa, including South Africa and Ghana, at 115 and 112 also in warning category. This makes Botswana, Ghana and South Africa the three most relatively stable countries in Africa.