African Lives Improve But Inequality Runs Deep

The UN Development Programme's latest Human Development Index shows that although Sub-Saharan African nations still dominate the list of the world's least developed countries, the average improvement in quality of life has grown by 35 percent since 1990. Nevertheless, gaps in human development across countries, while narrowing, remain huge.  

Schoolchildren in Botswana, which has jumped eight places up on the UN's Human Development Index in the past five years. Girls can expect to stay in school for 12.8 years and boys 12.5 years in Botswana, while women can expect to live for an average of 70 years and men 65 years.

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