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Low HDI Country: Niger

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Matthew Connor

on 21 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Niger has the lowest human development index of any country in the world, at 0.340. As of late 2005, about 33% of all Nigerians were significantly malnourished and underfed. Despite creative and innovative techniques for obtaining clean drinking water, as shown in the image above, nearly 65% of Niger's population lacks access to clean drinking water. That is about 7 million people; enough to fill every single Major League Baseball Stadium, NBA Arena, and NFL Stadium in America, TWICE. Only 13.6% of Nigerians are literate. The other 9 million remain in the haunting darkness of literature's deepest depths. About 7 million Nigerians remain below the international poverty line from living off of less than $1 a day. That is a staggering 65% of the population. Just 40% of Nigerians have access to electricity. The other 6.6 million people are left crouching in the dark of night. LIVING IN THE SAHARA'S SHADOW NIGER: The home of 10.5 million people. It is one of the largest countries in Africa, yet 80% of its land mass is covered in the isolated trenches of the Sahara. Can the world's least developed country ever rebound from its continuous free fall? WHY HAS THIS PROBLEM FESTERED? Niger suffers from a disadvantageous location that lends itself to a desloate, thirsty region where there is never enough water for the more than 10 million inhabitants who call it home. Due to the effect that economies can often suffer from the "snowball" effect, the fact that two-thirds of the nation live below the poverty line of making less than $1 a day, Niger's low HDI is a direct result from poor healthcare, a meager economy, and a lack of centralized, nationalized infrastructure. LEFT: An image of Niger's desolate layer of blowing sand that covers the unfurnished nation into a complete nightmare, and utter abyss. WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT? The United Nations is pursuing a plan to generate over $133 million in order to help save over 7.5 million Nigerians who will fall prey to malnutrition within the next 12 months. Furthermore, after decades of political inactivity, the Nigerian government has approved a comprehensive plan that aims to revitalize structures in major Nigerian cities, as well as providing key governmental and health reforms. The development program was based upon the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS).
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