Top 30 Poorest Countries in the World

Barbara Tasch / Mar. 7, 2017, 6:07 AM

The ranking of the world’s poorest countries is once again dominated by African countries, according to an analysis by Global Finance Magazine.

A cityscape of Dakar is seen from the top of African Renaissance hill, Senegal December 19, 2016.

The ranking was published in February 2017 and based on data from the International Monetary Fund.

The magazine ranked the world’s countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP) based on purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita.

The PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of the countries to compare living standards among the different nations.

Most of the countries populating the top of this ranking are under authoritarian regimes where corruption is rampant. This a big deterrent to foreign investors, even if some of those countries have huge amounts of natural resources.

The GDP per capita listed represents the amount of wealth produced in 2016 and is expressed in international dollars.

Here are the bottom 25 (and here’s the full study):

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30. Senegal — GDP per capita: $2,578 (£2,102)

30. Senegal — GDP per capita: $2,578 (£2,102)

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29. Yemen — GDP per capita: $2,521 (£2,056)

29. Yemen — GDP per capita: $2,521 (£2,056)

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28. Nepal — GDP per capita: $2,480 (£2,022)

28. Nepal — GDP per capita: $2,480 (£2,022)

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27. Mali — GDP per capita: $2,264 (£1,846)

27. Mali — GDP per capita: $2,264 (£1,846)

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26. Benin — GDP per capita: $2,184 (£1,781)

26. Benin — GDP per capita: $2,184 (£1,781)

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25. Uganda — GDP per capita: £2,066 (£1,685)

25. Uganda — GDP per capita: £2,066 (£1,685)

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24. Solomon Islands — GDP per capita: $1,995 (£1,627)

24. Solomon Islands — GDP per capita: $1,995 (£1,627)

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23. Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $1,957 (£1,596)

23. Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $1,957 (£1,596)

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22. Zimbabwe — $1,953 (£1,593)

22. Zimbabwe — $1,953 (£1,593)

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21. Ethiopia — GDP per capita: $1,916 (£1,562)

21. Ethiopia — GDP per capita: $1,916 (£1,562)

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20. Rwanda — GDP per capita: $1,905 (£1,553)

20. Rwanda — GDP per capita: $1,905 (£1,553)

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19. Kiribati — GDP per capita: $1,820 (£1,484)

19. Kiribati — GDP per capita: $1,820 (£1,484)

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18. Burkina Faso — GDP per capita: $1,790 (£1,460)

18. Burkina Faso — GDP per capita: $1,790 (£1,460)

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17. Haiti — GDP per capita: $1,784 (£1,455)

17. Haiti — GDP per capita: $1,784 (£1,455)

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16. South Sudan — $1,670 (£1,362)

16. South Sudan — $1,670 (£1,362)

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15. The Gambia — GDP per capita: $1,664 (£1,357)

15. The Gambia — GDP per capita: $1,664 (£1,357)

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14. Sierra Leone — GDP per capita: $1,651 (£1,346)

14. Sierra Leone — GDP per capita: $1,651 (£1,346)

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13. Guinea-Bissau — GDP per capita: $1,568 (£1,279)

13. Guinea-Bissau — GDP per capita: $1,568 (£1,279)

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12. Togo — GDP per capita: $1,545 ($1,260)

12. Togo — GDP per capita: $1,545 ($1,260)

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11. Comoros — GDP per capita: $1,529 (£1,247)

11. Comoros — GDP per capita: $1,529 (£1,247)

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10. Madagascar — GDP per capita: $1,504 (£1,226)

10. Madagascar — GDP per capita: $1,504 (£1,226)

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9. Eritrea — GDP per capita: $1,321 (£1,077)

9. Eritrea — GDP per capita: $1,321 (£1,077)

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8. Guinea — GDP per capita: $1,271 (£1,036)

8. Guinea — GDP per capita: $1,271 (£1,036)

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7. Mozambique — GDP per capita: $1,228 (£1,001)

7. Mozambique — GDP per capita: $1,228 (£1,001)

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6. Malawi — GDP per capita: $1,139 (£929)

6. Malawi — GDP per capita: $1,139 (£929)

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5. Niger — GDP per capita: $1,113 (£907)

5. Niger — GDP per capita: $1,113 (£907)

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4. Liberia — GDP per capita: $882 (£719)

4. Liberia — GDP per capita: $882 (£719)

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3. Burundi — GDP per capita: $818 (£667)

3. Burundi — GDP per capita: $818 (£667)

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2. Democratic Republic of Congo — GDP per capita: $784 (£639)

2. Democratic Republic of Congo — GDP per capita: $784 (£639)

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1. Central African Republic — GDP per capita: $656 (£535)

1. Central African Republic — GDP per capita: $656 (£535)

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1 COMMENT

  1. According to the Fana and EPRDF supporting medias I thought Ethiopia’s economy was growing very fast passing countries not only in Africa but also in the whole world. Double digit growth!!

    Which country was hailed to grow in double digit except Ethiopia?
    Now we are told it is in the bottom of the poorest country list!

    So that means it is the end of killing people who were blamed for asking for freedom because freedom is an obstacle to economy growth in Ethiopia?

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