Malawi ranked 8th among African poorest countries in 2014

As the year draw to a close, Malawi will be remembered for being ranked among the 10 poorest countries in Africa this year. The list by the online publication, reflects the GDP per capita in each country , a  the gross domestic product, or total market value of goods and services produced by the national economy during the last year, in regards to each person in the country.

After classes Malawi  girls arrivig at their self-boarding house.

After classes Malawi girls arrivig at their self-boarding house.

Here is the list of the 10 Poorest Countries in Africa as of 2014 ranked by GDP per capita:

10.) Mali – GDP per capita: $1,136

Mali is the tenth poorest country in Africa. Mali’s poverty, malnutrition, inadequate hygiene and sanitation are the biggest health challenges. Over 50% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

9.) Madagascar – GDP per capita: $972.07

The Madagascan economy relies heavily upon tourism, agriculture and the extractive industries. In 2011, agriculture accounted for 29% of the country’s GDP; with manufacturing taking up a further 15%. Tourism in the country has slowed in recent years however with a 50% drop in 2009 compared to the previous year. There are worrying signs in Madagascar though, with 69% of the population living below the national poverty line.

8.) Malawi – GDP per capita: $893.84

As of 2004, 54% of Malawians lived under the poverty line on less than $1 a day. This was tempered by the fact that in December 2000 the IMF and a number of individual donors stopped distributing aid within the region due to concerns over corruption. Malawi has since however begun receiving aid again from the IMF’s Heavily Indebted Poor Countries programme; as well as through the Millennium Challenge Corporation from the United States. Agriculture and services make up a huge chunk of GDP, accounting for 35% and 46% respectively. Another issue faced by the country is a shortage of foreign exchange which led to Malawi being unable to pay for some imports. This was due to investment falling by 23% in 2009.

7.) Niger – GDP per capita: $853.43

The economy of Niger is not helped by the fact that 80% of the country’s land mass is taken up the Sahara Desert. The country has also suffered greatly from political instability and an inequality deeply entrenched into Niger society. After electing a new government in 2000 the country was forced to accept enhanced debt relief from the International Monetary Fund under their Highly Indebted Poor Countries programme. This was due to the fact the Niger treasury was quite literally empty.

6.) Central African Republic – GDP per capita: $827.93

Central African Republic has significant mineral reserves, including; gold, diamonds, uranium and crude oil. Of these, diamonds account for up to 55% of the country’s export revenues. The 2010 UNDP Human Development Report ranked Central African Republic in the bottom four nations of its Human Development Index. Whilst the country has seen a minor decrease in those living on less than $1 a day to 62% they would need to half that in the next year to reach the goal set out by the UNDP.

5.) Eritrea – GDP per capita: $792.13

Eritrea’s control of the sea route through the Suez Canal saw the Italians colonize the country in 1869 almost immediately after the route had been established. During the Second World War, Eritrea was conquered again this time by the British in 1941. Gross Domestic Product growth in the country has been consistently low, averaging 1.2 percent throughout the last decade and a high of 2 percent.

4.) Liberia – GDP per capita: $716.04

Liberia was one of only a few countries in Africa not colonized by Europeans, instead being founded by freed slaves from America. The slaves who founded the country took their inspiration from the federal model of government used in the United States of America. After a coup in 1980 led to the removal of the president, Liberia was involved in a destabilizing civil war which raged on seeing hundreds of thousands killed before a 2003 peace deal. This led to a democratic election in 2005 and a period of stability. The country is still feeling the hangover of civil war however with approximately 85% of the population living on less than $1 a day.

3.) Burundi – GDP per capita: $648.58

Burundi is another country almost constantly in a state of tribal and civil war. This coupled with; a poor legal system, economy and education system, and no ports, means the country has never been able to create a stable GDP. A staggering 93% of Burundi’s exports revenues come from selling coffee. Meanwhile, 80% of Burundians live in poverty; whilst 57% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.

2.) Zimbabwe – GDP per capita: $589.46

Not only is Zimbabwe one of the poorest countries in the world; but it has the lowest life expectancy in the world with men living until thirty-seven and women just thirty-four. This owes in part to the fact that 20.1% of the population suffer from HIV/AIDS. Whilst Zimbabwe is struggling to deal with its health issues, the government issued a one hundred trillion dollar bill in January 2009 to try and ease the economic situation.

1) Democratic Republic of Congo – GDP per capita: $394.25

Democratic Republic of Congo was known as Zaire until 1997, and became the poorest country in the world as recently as 2010. The country was ravaged by the Second Congo War which began in 1998. Over seven foreign armies were involved in the conflict over the time it took place, with 5.4 million people losing their lives including civilians. An interesting fact relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo is that it is the largest country speaking French in the world with a population of seventy-one million. That’s six million more than France.

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Atolankhani enanu muzikhala serious.Zosatheka Zimbabwe kukhala mu top 10 Mozambique osapezekamo olo Uganda,Somalia,swaziland etc.Mumadziwa kuti Zimbabwe zaipa posachedwa? Zikanakhala izo a Malawi ambiri sakanachona mu Zimbabwe.Osamanamiza anthu apa off-course Malawi is among the poor countries.


One of the poorest countries indeed but number one on cashgate

Achanda Atonga

Malawis povert is due to agalu awa; 1. Alomwe 80%, Ayawo 5%, Achewa 5%, and the other tribes except from North is 9%. 1% only comes from the North. Therefore, Alomwe agalu inu you are contributing tp Malawi yailing poverty. Chokani ku Malawi kuno, mupange dziko lanu apo ayi mupite ku Mozambique uko, komanso HIHV agalu inu ili tho……….


Its hard for our remaining president to come up with plans to change malawi. Look here guys someone may think to subsidized malata and cement without money. Fertilzer yemweyu mavuto phwii. Chodabwisa nchoti anthu ake akumalawi ndi a ndalama the former President anali pa nambala 3 kwa ma president olemela mu afrika. Tingoyesa kaye tisakhale ndi president.


Malawi siyosauka. Taonani ena akumwaza ma K98,000 kwa atola nkhani, ma vendors etc ndi kupakula ku NAC mmene akufuniramo.


bola mulibe nkhondo mmmmmm mwamva anzathu afa kuwili ndosauka komaso analuza miyoyo yoposa 5million yomwe ndipafupifupi jhalf ya anthu muno…ife bora tikudya bonya…

Ma battery a mlakho

Nanga battle ikununkhilayi ikayambika mukhala number chani?

Ma battery a mlakho

How on earth do you expect Malawi to prosper with greedy,crooked,thieving,robbing,stupid,corrupting,nepotistic ……blankheaded,cashgating,arrogant leaders of the likes of MULUZI,BINGU,JB and APM?I hate being Malawian.


Malawi is reaping the fruits of their choice on 20 May 2014. The direction the economy is going is what Malawians wanted. And Malawi is proceeding to become even the poorest country in the world very soon, courtesy of southern Malawians. They hated what God had given Malawi as its leader in the name of Dr JB. They wanted APM. And APM is taking this country to the direction that pleases the southern Malawians. Ask these guys. They will tell you that Malawi is going in the right direction. And right direction indeed.


We are developed by politics of nepotism. Bring Federation and stop the rot.

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This report is outdated. It is quoting figures from 2004 and 2009!

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