Uganda graduates to medium development status

(HornTrade) – Uganda has moved from low developing to the medium developing country categorisation by the United Nations (UN) Human Development Index.

Since 1990, the UN has published annually the index report, which looks at the life expectancy, adult literacy, education enrolment and decent standards of living measured by the purchasing power parity.

From 2007, Uganda’s life expectancy moved to 51.9 years from 50.5 years in 2006 and 42-44 in 2003.

Adult literacy moved to 73.6% from 72.6 in 2006, the combined gross enrolment ratio stood at 62.3% from below that in 2003, while the per capita GDP stands at $1,059 from $888 in 2006, according to the UN.
Between 1990 and 2007, Uganda’s index rose by 1.59% annually from 0.392 to 0.514 today, according to the UN.

The 2009 report showed that other African countries ranked with Uganda in the new category include Tunisia, Gabon, Algeria, Equatoria Guinea, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Morocco, Congo, Swaziland, Angola, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Mauritania, Djibouti, Lesotho and Nigeria.

Countries in the high category are those with an index of 0.800 and above, those in medium have an index of 0.500 to 0.799, while those in the low category have an index of less than 0.500. In 2006, Uganda was in the lowest category.


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