Tunisia-UN: Tunisia ranks third Maghreb country ON UN HDI report, fifth in Africa
UN 2015 report on Human Development Index puts Tunisia behind Algeria, Libya and in front of Morocco despites loss of several spots compare to previous reports.
Tunisia ranks third in the Maghreb region just behind Algeria and Libya. It also occupies the fifth place on the African continent where Mauritius and Seychelles still hold the two top positions.
The UN Human Development Index is an instrument of the UNDP to gauge the level of development of countries around the world. It focuses on three main criteria namely the life expectancy at birth, education and income.
On an overall 0 to 1 scale, Tunisia garners 0.721 and ranks 96th globally behind Algeria 83th and Libya 94th.
According to the report, life expectancy in Tunisia is 74.8 years and the Gross National Income estimated at 10,404.5. In terms of education, the report puts expected years of schooling at 14.6 while Gender Development Index is estimated at 0.894.
Even though Tunisia lost six spots compare to the previous reports, the UN indicates that the country is still making progress since 1990 when the evaluation started. However it also points out that for two years following the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has made no tangible progress statistically which underlines the regress on the global ranking.
The UN report is topped by Norway which has garnered 0.944 over the overall scale, therefore maintaining since 1990 its position as country with better life conditions.
Qatar ranking 32nd on the report is the first Arab country, outclassing Saudi Arabia 39th, United Arab Emirates 41st.
Niger ranks bottom of the report with 0.337 over 1. However some countries including Somalia, North Korea have not been classified due to lack accurate data.