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Top 10 Most Developed African Countries, 2018

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Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) is a standard way of measuring the well-being of the people of a country. The IHDI combines a country’s average achievements in health, education and income with how those achievements are distributed among country’s population by “discounting” each dimension’s average value according to its level of inequality.

Developed in this context means Human Development, and not the one you have in mind

The IHDI represents a national average of human development achievements in the three basic dimensions making up the HDI: health, education and income. Unlike all averages, it also reveals disparities in human development across the population within the same country.

Here is a brief overview of the top 5 most developed African countries in terms of Human development, 2018.

Seychelles (1) – IHDI: 0.797

Ranked 62 in the world, Seychelles is the most developed country in Africa (human development). Life expectancy in this country is around 73 years. Gross national income (GNI) per capita is set at $26,077

Mauritius (2) – IHDI: 0.790

Ranked 65 in the world, Mauritius is the second most developed country in Africa. Life expectancy in this country is around 75 years. Gross national income (GNI) per capita is set at $20,077.

Algeria (3) – IHDI: 0.754

65 in the world, Algeria is the third in the list of most developed countries in Africa in terms of human development. Life expectancy in this country is around 76 years. Gross national income (GNI) per capita is set at $13,802.

Tunisia (4) – IHDI: 0.735

Ranked 92nd in the world, Tunisia is the second most developed country in Africa in terms of human development. With a Life expectancy average of 76 years. a Gross national income (GNI) per capita of $13,802.

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Botswana (5) – IHDI: 0.717

Botswana also made the top 10 list.. The country was Ranked 101 in the world and the fifth most developed country in Africa. Life expectancy is also on the high (76 years).

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See table below for Complete Top 20 Ranking.

Country Rank In Africa Rank in World? IHDI Score
Seychelles 1 62 0.797
Mauritius 2 65 0.790
Algeria 3 85 0.754
Tunisia 4 95 0.735
Botswana 5 101 0.717
Libya 6 108 0.706
Gabon 7 110 0.702
South Africa 8 113 0.699
Egypt 9 115 0.706
Morocco 10 123 0.667
Cabo Verde 11 125 0.654
Namibia 12 129 0.647
Congo 13 137 0.606
Ghana 14 140 0.592
Equatorial Guinea 15 141 0.591
Kenya 16 142 0.590
Sao Tome and Principe 17 143 0.589
Eswatini (Kingdom of) 18 144 0.588
Zambia 19 144 0.588
Angola 147 123 0.581



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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