Togo Ranks First Among UEMOA Countries in Latest Human Development Index

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Thursday, 11 July 2024 03:52
Togo Ranks First Among UEMOA Countries in Latest Human Development Index

(Togo First) - Sandra Johnson, Secretary General of Togo’s Presidency, met the press people last week on July 4. She told them about the steps that allowed the country to rank first among WAEMU countries in the latest Human Development Index (HDI) report. Johnson was with Yawa Kouigan, the Minister of Communication.

Togo scored 0.547 in 2023-2024 on the report, against 0.539 in 2021-2022. This is the fifth consecutive year that the country tops the ranking at the WAEMU level. It was fourth at the ECOWAS level.

"Togo has chosen human-centered development, the most difficult process in economics," Sandra Johnson told the press.

The achievement is attributable to Lomé’s increased efforts in key human development sectors, such as health, education, access to drinking water and electricity, improving the living environment, infrastructure, agriculture, and food security. Togo can now aim to move into the medium HDI category, with a score of at least 0.550.

The HDI is a composite index created by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assess human development in the world's countries. It is essentially based on three main criteria: health and longevity, level of education, and standard of living.

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