List of African countries by Human Development Index

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The Human Development Index is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living. It is a standard means of measuring well-being. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, developing, or underdeveloped country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life. Countries (almost all UN member states and a couple of special territories) fall into four broad categories based on their HDI: very high, high, medium, and low human development. Currently there are no countries in Africa with "very high" human development.

List of African countries

African countries by Human Development Index (2017)
  ≥ 0.900
  0.850–0.899
  0.800–0.849
  0.750–0.799
  0.700–0.749
  0.650–0.699
  0.600–0.649
  0.550–0.599
  0.500–0.549
  0.450–0.499
  0.400–0.449
  ≤ 0.399
  Data unavailable

The table below presents the latest Human Development Index (HDI)[1] for countries in Africa as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report, released on 14 September 2018 and based on data collected in 2017.[2]

List of African countries by Human Development Index
Africa Rank Global Rank Country HDI value Change in HDI value 2016–2017
High human development
1 62  Seychelles 0.797 Increase 0.004
2 65  Mauritius 0.790 Increase 0.002
3 85  Algeria 0.754 Increase 0.002
4 95  Tunisia 0.735 Increase 0.003
5 101  Botswana 0.717 Increase 0.005
6 108  Libya 0.706 Increase 0.013
7 110  Gabon 0.702 Increase 0.004
Medium human development
8 113  South Africa 0.699 Increase 0.003
9 115  Egypt 0.696 Increase 0.002
10 123  Morocco 0.667 Increase 0.005
11 125  Cape Verde 0.654 Increase 0.002
12 129  Namibia 0.647 Increase 0.002
13 137  Republic of the Congo 0.606 Decrease 0.006
14 140  Ghana 0.592 Increase 0.004
15 141  Equatorial Guinea 0.591 Decrease 0.001
16 142  Kenya 0.590 Increase 0.005
17 143  São Tomé and Príncipe 0.589 Increase 0.005
18 144  Eswatini (Swaziland) 0.588 Increase 0.002
18 144  Zambia 0.588 Increase 0.002
20 147  Angola 0.581 Increase 0.004
21 151  Cameroon 0.556 Increase 0.003
Low human development
22 154  Tanzania 0.538 Increase 0.005
23 156  Zimbabwe 0.535 Increase 0.003
24 157  Nigeria 0.532 Increase 0.002
25 158  Rwanda 0.524 Increase 0.004
26 159  Lesotho 0.520 Increase 0.004
26 159  Mauritania 0.520 Increase 0.004
28 161  Madagascar 0.519 Increase 0.002
29 162  Uganda 0.516 Increase 0.006
30 163  Benin 0.515 Increase 0.003
31 164  Senegal 0.505 Increase 0.006
32 165  Comoros 0.503 Increase 0.001
32 165  Togo 0.503 Increase 0.003
34 167  Sudan 0.502 Increase 0.003
35 170  Ivory Coast 0.492 Increase 0.006
36 171  Malawi 0.477 Increase 0.003
37 172  Djibouti 0.476 Increase 0.002
38 173  Ethiopia 0.463 Increase 0.006
39 174  Gambia 0.460 Increase 0.003
40 175  Guinea 0.459 Increase 0.010
41 176  Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.457 Increase 0.005
42 177  Guinea-Bissau 0.455 Increase 0.002
43 179  Eritrea 0.440 Increase 0.004
44 180  Mozambique 0.437 Increase 0.002
45 181  Liberia 0.435 Increase 0.003
46 182  Mali 0.427 Increase 0.006
47 183  Burkina Faso 0.423 Increase 0.003
48 184  Sierra Leone 0.419 Increase 0.006
49 185  Burundi 0.417 Decrease 0.001
50 186  Chad 0.404 Decrease 0.001
52 187  South Sudan 0.388 Decrease 0.006
52 188  Central African Republic 0.367 Increase 0.005
53 189  Niger 0.354 Increase 0.003

See also

References

  1. ^ "Table 1: Human Development Index and its components".
  2. ^ "Human Development Report 2018 – "Human Development Indices and Indicators"" (PDF). HDRO (Human Development Report Office) United Nations Development Programme. pp. 22–25. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
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