The UN’s latest Human Development Index—which includes measures of life expectancy, education, and income per person—has fallen for a second year running. Discover why things are unlikely to improve soon:
Worse still is the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 32 countries with the lowest hdi scores, 28 were in this region. Many, such as South Sudan and Ethiopia, are enduring brutal conflicts. Such is the region’s poverty that a child born today can expect to live for 60 years and have just six years of schooling, compared with 79 and 12 years, respectively, in the oecd, a group of rich countries.