Scoring Africa: Tracking the Development of a Continent

scoring africa

Africa accounts for roughly 15% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s land mass. It’s made up of 54 countries, hundreds of ethnic groups, 7 major language families (with 2-3 thousand different languages), deserts, jungles, tropics, and subarctics. However, despite Africa’s abundant resources and diversity, it still remains the poorest and most underdeveloped continent on earth.

To get an idea of how each country is developing, in comparison to the rest of the continent, the editors at Great Business Schools looked at 28 different indicators and graded each country on a scale from 0 to 100 – where 0 is the worst measure for an indicator and 100 is the best. We then averaged the indicators into 7 major categories and scaled them from 0 to 100. The overall scores are derived from the averages of the major categories and once again scaled from 0 to 100. We also included population statistics based on 2013 estimates.

You can get started exploring the graphic by clicking on the countries in the map, the factors (Health, Stability, Extreme Poverty, etc.) on the right, the dots in the quadrant graph or the individual countries in the bottom frame of the graphic.

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