Rwanda world’s fastest developing country, says UN


The idea behind the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is that money isn’t everything. The Index blends life expectancy, education and income into a single developmental score, giving each country an equivocal rating.

The Economist sees the report as a good opportunity to chart a country’s progress over the past 25 years.

Despite serious economic and developmental damage sustained by Rwanda during the Genocide of 1994, Rwanda still tops the chart. Life expectancy has increased by 32 years up to 64.5 years over the 1990 expectancy; Rwandans also spend twice as long in school as they did during the same period.

Finance and Economic Planning minister Claver Gatete celebrated the fact that his country had made the most progress, globally, in the human development index over the last quarter century.

“This is in line with the government’s Vision 2020 that puts people at the centre of our development process to become a knowledge based economy and, hence, the focus of national investments in education, health and inclusive development, among others,” he said.

In addition, economic growth of around 8% has been sustained by these policies and levels of poverty have been reduced from around 78% in 1995 to 39% last year.

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