Written by Veronica Mwale / Zodiak Online
Malawi has been ranked among 41 low human development countries in the world, alongside countries wrecked by armed conflict such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The 2016 Human Development Report has put Malawi on position 170 in a study of 188 sample countries done by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The picture looks gloomy. Those who know what development means have minced no words about it. Malawi has a long way to achieve desired development, they warned on Wednesday.
Malawi UNDP Mia Seppo was boldly willing to publicly hold such a view when she spoke to the media in the capital Lilongwe.
“There is no silver bullet that can move Malawi from the low to the medium human development category in one year to another. You need consistent policies and resources should be used in areas that have the greatest impact,” said Seppo.
At position 170 out of 188 countries, Malawi is ranked alongside countries at war and other conflicts such as the DRC, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cote D’Ivoire and Mali.
Neighboring Zambia has done much better at position 139 featuring in the medium human development category.
Tanzania is in the same category with Malawi but on top at position 151 while Mozambique is under Malawi at position 181.
The rankings are based on such aspects as access to education, medical services, agriculture and other elements that enable an individual to live a comfortable life.
Finance minister Goodall Gondwe says perhaps it is now time citizens stopped depending on government and start uplifting their own lives.
“Hard work and investment are the key areas. My worry is people think investment is all about having money and constructing a building or government constructing a road. But investment is also about putting aside things you produce for use in the future,” said Gondwe.
The 2016 Human Development Report observes that while some countries are making tremendous progress in human development in some quarters of society, women, refugees, the elderly and lesbians, gays and bi-sexuals are still left behind.
In Africa, Algeria and Tunisia are in the first 100 developing countries under High Human Development Category; South Africa, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia are in the category of Medium Human Development countries.