UN downgrades Ghana in human development report

UN downgrades Ghana in human development report

- Ghana failed to make it to the top 10 of Africa literacy rates in a UN report

- Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe says the report is not true and that his country is second after South Africa

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Ghana was nowhere to be found on the list of first 10 countries in Africa with the highest literacy rates in the UNDP’s human development index for Africa.

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The troubling report has shown that Seychelles and Mauritius are the only states in Africa with a population rate very high in literacy.

UN downgrades Ghana in human development report

Mugabe has downplayed the UN report, he says "Zimbabwe is highly developed"

But this report, which saw Ghana’s name vanish from the top 10 does not remain a bother to the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has denied reports that his country is in a fragile state arguing that Zimbabwe comes after South Africa as one of the most developed economies in Africa.

UN downgrades Ghana in human development report

UN downgrades Ghana in human development report

According to Mugabe, “Zimbabwe have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – the highest in Africa.” He also boasts that Zimbabwe has “more resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world.”

Watch Mugabe's response here

Mugabe’s comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) currently taking place in South Africa follows troubling reports of how Zimbabwe is ripping apart with a rapid devaluation of its currency, excruciating poverty and wide unemployment levels.

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But speaking of Ghana, the report shows that even though the erstwhile Mahama administration may have boosted infrastructure in the education sector, the country is yet to make grounds on the ranking of human development. Reports by the statistical service show that 48 percent of the population is educated with over 40 percent of graduates unemployed or under-employed.

A 2016 report by UNICEF shows that "one in four Ghanaians still live in poverty today and the gap between the rich and poor is now bigger than ever."

This development has seen the current NPP administration device measures to boost the issues of unemployment in the country. The first of which is the one-district-one-factory policy which is believed to have the capacity of roping thousands of youth into employment.

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