- Business Insider Africa presents the top 12 most influential African countries.
- This list is courtesy of Brand Finance, a leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy.
- The index measures the strength and appeal of a country’s soft power assets, including its cultural heritage, education, governance, and global reputation.
For nearly 20 years, Brand Finance has monitored the strength and value of national brands. Since 2020, the organization has been publishing the world's most comprehensive research study on the perception of nation brands – the Global Soft Power Index.
The index measures the strength and appeal of a country’s soft power assets, including its cultural heritage, education, governance, and global reputation.
According to the leading brand valuation consultancy, understanding those perceptions is key for national, regional, city, and corporate brands to achieve success internationally, allowing them to identify strengths and weaknesses and improve growth strategies going forward.
The stronger the nation’s soft power, the greater its ability to attract investment and market its products and services.
The Global Soft Power Index is based on the most comprehensive and wide-ranging research programme of its kind, with responses gathered from over 110,000 people across more than 100 countries, surveying perceptions of 121 nation brands worldwide.
“An online survey was conducted among 111,364 adults aged 18-75, across 101 countries. As such, our sample is representative of the online population of each country.
“In developing markets with relatively low internet access (below 85% across all age groups), this skews the sample somewhat towards younger people with higher education, income, and connectivity – but we deem this acceptable, as it is these groups in the population who are most likely to be affected by soft power and have some familiarity with other nations,” the report noted.
Here are the most influential countries in Africa: