The report called “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All” is a 176 pages research including statistical analysis establishing living standards and human development in every corner of the world. The conclusion is based upon three broad components; health, education and living standards.
This year Norway ranked as number 1 and Malawi as number 171 out of 187. This puts Norway into the category called “very high human development” and Malawi in “low human development”. Nevertheless, what is the case for Malawi`s neighboring countries; Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia?
What is common for all the three countries is that they all belong to the lowest ranking group “low human development”. Tanzania ranks as number 152, Zambia as 164 followed by Malawi as number 171 and Mozambique as 184. The life expectancy varies between these countries with Tanzania crowning the list with 58.2 years followed by Malawi`s 54.2, Mozambique’s 50.2 and Zambia’s 49.0. The GNI (Gross National Income) was also headed by Tanzania with US $ 1328 per capita, US $ 1254 per capita for Zambia, US $ 898 per capita for Mozambique and US $ 753 per capita for Malawi. These are just a few examples from the results presented in the Human Development Report. If you want to know more about Malawi`s performance, please look here.
South Africa ranks as number 123 and fits into “medium human development” where other Southern African countries such as Botswana and Namibia are listed as well.
The report is commissioned by the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), but does not represent UN policy or the official views of UNDP’s executive board or management.