Poorest Countries


Child Poverty in Africa


This table provides a list of the poorest countries in the world. The African countries are highlighted in red and linked to individual pages providing further information. Even a cursory glace at this table will demonstrate how many countries in Africa are amongst the poorest countries in the world despite the billions of $s in international aid invested in Africa over the past few decades. Data taken from a number of sources and all estimates are believed to be correct as of 1st January 2012.


Country Name % of Population Living in Poverty
Zambia 86
Chad 80
Haiti 80
Liberia 80
Sierra Leone 70
Mozambique 70
Nigeria 70
Suriname 70
Swaziland 69
Zimbabwe 68
Burundi 68
Niger 63
Comoros 60
Bolivia 60
Rwanda 60
Tajikistan 60
Guatemala 56
Sao Tome and Principe 54
Senegal 54
Afghanistan 53
Malawi 53
Honduras 51
Madagascar 50
Kenya 50
South Africa 50
Eritrea 50
Colombia 49
Lesotho 49
Nicaragua 48
Cameroon 48
Guinea 47
Burkina Faso 46
Yemen 45
Bangladesh 45
Peru 45
Dominican Republic 42
Djibouti 42
East Timor 42
Cote d'Ivoire 42
Angola 41
Kyrgyzstan 40
Mauritania 40
Sudan 40
Ethiopia 39
Ecuador 38
Venezuela 38
Ukraine 38
Benin 37
Papua New Guinea 37
Mali 36



Back  

Main sections of this site:


Volunteer by Country

Details of current volunteer work
opportunities in each of the
countries of Africa.

More >


Country Profiles

Explore each of the countries of
Africa in our detailed
African country profile pages.

More >


All About Africa

Discover all about Africa and how to
make the most of your
volunteer experience there.

More >


Pan-African News
African News

Explore all the latest and breaking
news from across Africa while
you volunteer.

More >


Volunteer Supplies
Volunteer Supplies

Don't set off on your volunteer experience
in Africa without checking out our
recommended essential supplies.

More >


Get listed Here!

For a limited period get your
African NGO or volunteer organisation
listed here for FREE!

More >


Lighthouse Project

A must read novel about the pitfalls
of volunteering in Africa written
by the african-volunteer.net team!

More >


Sponsor a Child
Sponsor a Child in Africa

Details of how to sponsor a child in
each country of Africa at our
sister site. child-sponsorship.com.

More >