According to a new UN Report released earlier this week on Mail and Guardian Africa, which focused on the quality of life across the world over the past five years, the country which came out tops surprised everyone.
Zimbabwe was revealed to have the fastest average growth in human development and topped the ranking of African countries.
The 2015 UN Human Development Report released Monday also confirmed that Ethiopia and Rwanda, seen as the continent’s foremost developmental states, have also rapidly raised the living conditions of their nationals between 2010-2014, even as it threw up some more surprises.
The UNDP report among other factors, highlighted a significant rise in life expectancy, at almost four times the sub-Saharan Africa average, and an increase in the expected years of schooling in Zimbabwe.
It also said the country’s gross national income per capital increased four percentage points faster than the sub-Saharan African average, from $1,442 to $1,662, or a 12% jump.
In the same five-year period, Zimbabwe – seen largely as a basket case in recent years – had the highest change on the Human Development Index (HDI) ranking on the continent, a 12-place jump, ahead of the Seychelles, Cameroon and Mauritius, data from the report showed.
“The economy recovered during 2010-12 significantly from the negative levels observed in the previous decade, although has slowed down a bit recently. Since Zimbabwe has lost some ground in the past, the recovery at a faster rate from a lower base is not a surprise”, this was the UN comment on Zimbabwe’s economic index.
Overall, the southern African country placed 155th of the 188 countries ranked, ahead of Uganda, Rwanda and Senegal