List of African countries by Human Development Index

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

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 in 2016).[2] Previous HDI values and rankings are retroactively recalculated using the same updated data sets and current methodologies, as presented in Table 2 of the Statistical Annex of the Human Development Report.[3] The HDI rankings and values in the 2016 Human Development Report cannot therefore be compared directly to HDI rankings and values published in previous Human Development Reports.

List of African countries by Human Development Index
Rank Country Human Development Index (HDI)
In region World HDI value Change in HDI value 2014–2015*
2015 2014
High Human Development
1 63  Seychelles 0.782 0.781 0.001
2 64  Mauritius 0.781 0.779 0.003
3 83  Algeria 0.745 0.743 0.002
4 97  Tunisia 0.725 0.723 0.001
5 102  Libya 0.716 0.719 0.003
Medium Human Development
6 108  Botswana 0.698 0.698 0.001
7 109  Gabon 0.697 0.694 0.003
8 111  Egypt 0.691 0.688 0.004
9 119  South Africa 0.666 0.665 0.001
10 122  Cape Verde 0.648 0.646 0.003
11 123  Morocco 0.647 0.645 0.003
12 125  Namibia 0.640 0.637 0.003
13 135  Congo, Republic of 0.592 0.589 0.003
13 135  Equatorial Guinea 0.592 0.582 0.011
14 139  Ghana 0.579 0.575 0.004
14 139  Zambia 0.579 0.576 0.003
15 142  Sao Tome and Principe 0.574 0.565 0.009
16 146  Kenya 0.555 0.550 0.004
Low Human Development
17 148  Swaziland 0.541 0.541
18 150  Angola 0.533 0.531 0.003
19 151  Tanzania 0.531 0.519 0.012
20 152  Nigeria 0.527 0.525 0.002
21 153  Cameroon 0.518 0.514 0.004
22 154  Zimbabwe 0.516 0.507 0.008
23 157  Mauritania 0.513 0.513
24 158  Madagascar 0.512 0.511 0.001
25 159  Rwanda 0.498 0.493 0.004
26 160  Comoros 0.497 0.498
26 160  Lesotho 0.497 0.495 0.003
27 162  Senegal 0.494 0.491 0.003
28 163  Uganda 0.493 0.488 0.005
29 165  Sudan 0.490 0.488 0.002
30 166  Togo 0.487 0.484 0.004
31 167  Benin 0.485 0.481 0.004
32 170  Malawi 0.476 0.473 0.003
33 171  Ivory Coast 0.474 0.466 0.008
34 172  Djibouti 0.473 0.470 0.003
35 173  Gambia 0.452 0.450 0.002
36 174  Ethiopia 0.448 0.441 0.007
37 175  Mali 0.442 0.438 0.004
38 176  Congo, Democratic Republic of 0.435 0.425 0.010
39 177  Liberia 0.427 0.427
40 178  Guinea-Bissau 0.424 0.421 0.002
41 179  Eritrea 0.420 0.418 0.002
41 179  Sierra Leone 0.420 0.431 0.010
42 181  Mozambique 0.418 0.414 0.004
42 181  South Sudan 0.418 0.421 0.002
43 183  Guinea 0.414 0.414
44 184  Burundi 0.404 0.406 0.003
45 185  Burkina Faso 0.402 0.399 0.003
46 186  Chad 0.396 0.394 0.002
47 187  Niger 0.353 0.351 0.002
48 188  Central African Republic 0.352 0.347 0.005
*Change in HDI value rounded to three decimals

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