When people from foreign countries look at popular countries in Africa, they often look at these countries as very poor countries. And it isn’t uncommon to see some foreigners look at these countries with pity. But while Nigeria, South Africa, and the likes may not be among the richest in the world, there are many other African countries far poorer than them. And if learning about these poor countries in Africa is what brought you here, you have come to the right place.
Top 10 Poorest Countries In Africa 2020
1. Somalia – $500 GDP/capita
Of all countries in Africa, Somalia is the poorest. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise, if you know some things about the country. For people who know little or nothing about the county, it happens to be one of those countries who have suffered from the hands of terrorism and terrible government.
As of the time of writing this article, it is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $500. And about 60 per cent of the GDP of this country comes from agriculture. While services produce about 32.5 per cent of the GDP per capita. Somalia is a very poor country, and it’s going to take a very long time, before this country comes out of its problem.
2. Central African Republic – $681 GDP/capita
After Somalia, Central African Republic is the country which comes next on the list of the top 10 poorest countries in Africa. This country also ranks as one of those having terrible governments, and it’s also going to take the country a long time, before leaving its current position.
As of the time of writing this content, Central African Republic is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $681. And about 43 per cent of its GDP per capita come from agriculture.
3. Dr Congo – $785 GDP/capita
Dr Congo which is also known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, is another of the poorest countries in Africa. This county has been poor for a very long time. And with the looks of things, it doesn’t seem the country’s problems would be ending anytime soon.
Currently, this country has got a GDP per capita of about $785, despite not having one of the highest population in Africa.
Africa’s Poorest Countries
4. Burundi – $808 GDP/capita
Burundi is also one of the poorest countries in Africa. In fact, it’s possible you’ve never heard about this country. In other words, Burundi is not only one of the poorest in the continent, it also ranks as one of the least known in the continent.
There are many factors behind Burundi’s problem. But unfortunately, we haven’t seen anyone taking actions to put an end to their problems. And as of the time of writing this content, the country is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $808. 40 per cent of the country’s GDP comes from agriculture, while only 16 per cent comes from the country’s industries.
5. Liberia – $867 GDP/capita
Liberia is another country on this list. And some of you may be surprised to find it on a list like this, considering the history of the country. Even though the country might have an interesting history, it has somehow managed to find itself as one of the poorest countries in the world.
While writing this article, Liberia is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $867. And services account for more than half of its GDP. But as for agriculture, it accounts for about 36 per cent of the country’s GDP.
6. Niger – $1,153 GDP/capita
Don’t confuse Niger with Nigeria or Naija. Niger is an African country, and Nigeria is another African country. And Nigeria which ranks as one of the richest countries in the continent, is also what’s called Naija. So back to Niger, this country is the 6th poorest in the continent. And if you’ve ever been to this country, you’d have no problem believing how poor this country is.
As of the time of writing this content, Niger is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $1,153. But even though this country is one of the poorest as of now, it ranks as one of those capable of getting out of their poverty problem. In other words, it wouldn’t come as a surprise, if we stop seeing this country as one of the poorest in the continent.
7. Malawi – $1,172 GDP/capita
Malawi is another African country which ranks as one of the poorest in the continent. This country is also among those having very terrible governments. And if you’ve ever been to this country, you’d have a perfect picture of how terrible its government is. The GDP per capita of the country is stated to be about $1,172. And about 56 per cent of this country’s GDP comes from services.
8. Mozambique – $1,266 GDP/capita
Next on the list is Mozambique. This is also a very poor African country, and it ranks as the 8th poorest in the continent. But even though it’s stated to be richer than those we have discussed so far, the difference between it and the poorer ones, is not so big.
While writing this content, Mozambique is stated to have a GDP per capita of about $1,266. And about 53 per cent of the country’s GDP comes from services.
9. Eritrea – $1,434 GDP/capita
We have Eritrea to be another of the poorest countries in Africa. This country is very unpopular, so we wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot of people who have never heard about it. In short, the country is not only an unpopular one, it also happens to be one of the poorest in the world.
Visiting the country would help give a good idea of how poor the country is. The country also ranks among those where agriculture is lease practised. Agriculture only accounts for about 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.
10. South Sudan – $1,503 GDP/capita
It’s possible you have heard about an African country called South Sudan. But what you may not know, is that it’s the 10th poorest in the continent. The country furthermore ranks as one of those with the least involvement in agriculture. The country is also well-known for its terrible government, and we doubt if this country would be coming out of its problem anytime soon. As of now, South Sudan is a country with a GDP per capita of about $1,503.
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and the likes, may be among the most popular continents in Africa, but they are far from being the poorest in the continent. And the countries we have discussed above, are those you should look at, if you’re interested in the poorest in the continent. It is however worthwhile stating that it isn’t impossible for this list to change in the next few years, as some of these top 10 poorest countries have hope of becoming better countries in the future.
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