The United Nations (UN) says it is saddened by Malawi’s poverty ranking and has argued that the country needs to change its strategies on development to achieve global goals.
The call follows a Human Development Index report on poverty levels that placed Malawi on 173 out of 188 countries in the world.
Speaking to Malawi24, UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi Mia Seppo said it is important for the country to look at trends and root causes of challenges in the country.
“In 1995, Malawi was ranked at 157 out of 174 countries, in 2005 Malawi was at 165 against 177 country and in 2015 Malawi has been placed at 173 out of 188 countries, the only thing that has changed is the population with statistics showing that in 1995 the country had 10 million people, in 2005 the country had 13 million and in 2015 the country has over 17 million and expected to reach 43 million by 2050,” said Seppo.
Seppo further said that the gap between the rich and the poor has widened due to corruption because the money stolen drives inequality among Malawians.
UN member states last year agreed to implement Sustainable Development Goals that aims to end poverty in all forms.