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Quality of Life

The Human Development Report of 2010 published countries' performances according to their Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income. Botswana has been ranked 2nd in Southern Africa with an HDI of 0.633. This HDI, places Botswana as a medium human development country and the country scores above the average of the category (at 0.592). Between 1980 and 2010 Botswana's HDI rose by 1.3% annually from 0.431 to 0.633 to date. This, compared to a regional increase from 0.293 to 0.389 for the same period, places Botswana above Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

 

Botswana's HDI indicators for 2010 relative to selected countries and region

HDI value

HDI rank

Life expectancy at birth

Expected years schooling

Mean years of schooling

GNI per capita (PPP US$)

Botswana

0.633

98

55.5

12.4

8.9

13, 204

Gabon

0.648

93

61.3

12.7

7.5

12, 747

Namibia

0.606

105

62.1

11.8

7.4

6, 323

Mauritius

0.701

72

72.1

13.0

7.2

13, 344

Sub-Saharan Africa

0.389

-

52.7

9.0

4.5

2, 050

Medium HDI

0.592

-

69.3

11.0

6.3

5, 134

Source: Human Development Report, 2010

HDI
Source: Human Development Report, 2010


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