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Shock as Nigeria misses in UN’s latest ranking of 10 best developed countries in Africa

Seychelles, Libya and Gabon make list

Nigeria is shockingly missing from the list of Africa’s most developed countries based on its Human Development Index (HDI) report.

A country is classified as developed when it meets certain criteria and possesses specific measurable features which include the availability of modern amenities like good roads, stable electricity, good telecoms infrastructure and a robust healthcare system.

Other measurable indexes also include functional government, good jobs, access to healthcare and social services, personal freedom, and effective educational systems.

Business Insider report that the United Nations Human Development Index is the most universally used tool in measuring countries’ development status. The UN’s development programme was designed to emphasise people as being at the core of a country’s HDI, not just economic growth.

The indicators also tracked by the UN’s HDI are life expectancy, adult literacy rate, internet access and income inequality. The indicators are ranked 0.00 and 1.00. 

Countries which score low on the indicators, from 0-0.66 have a low human development ratio. Scoring between 0.55 to 0.75 ranks a country as a medium human development country.

The countries with 0.70 to 0.80 have high HDI ratios, while countries with high human development ratios score between 0.80 to 1.0.

African countries with the highest Human Development Index are listed, despite ranking low in comparison to other developed economies in the world.

  • Mauritius: 0.804.
  • Seychelles: 0.796.
  • Algeria: 0.748.
  • Tunisia: 0.740.
  • Botswana: 0.735.
  • Libya: 0.724,
  • South Africa: 0.709.
  • Egypt: 0.707.
  • Gabon: 0.703.
  • Morocco: 0.686.