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Bottom Billion Countries

41 COUNTRIES MAKE UP THE BOTTOM BILLION

World Economics has combined 41 countries to represent the 'Bottom Billion' group of countries. The Bottom Billion are home to (approximately three-quarters of the world's poorest 1.26 billion people) who live in Middle Income Countries. Overall these countries account for 5% of Global GDP and 6% of global GDP growth in the past 10 years (2011-2021).

The Bottom Billion group are home to over 1.29 billion people with an average life expectancy of 63 years and a current median age of 20 against a global average of 31.



Economics




Bottom Billion
Countries
Revised GDP PPP
Int$, Billions
CAGR
10 Year
Rate
%, 2011-2021
Share of
Global
GDP
%
Share of Global GDP Growth
%, 2011-2021
Revised GDP Per Capita
Int$
Government Debt to Revised GDP
%







Angola 374.4 0.8% 0.2% 0.1% 11,034 46.6%
Benin 63.9 5.3% 0.0% 0.1% 5,133 34.0%
Bolivia 171.5 3.3% 0.1% 0.1% 14,497 46.8%
Burkina Faso 89.6 5.3% 0.1% 0.1% 4,170 27.2%
Burundi 15.6 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 1,270 39.3%
Cambodia 123.4 5.6% 0.1% 0.1% 7,284 22.5%
Cameroon 169.6 4.4% 0.1% 0.1% 6,230 28.0%
Central African Republic 8.3 -1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 1,693 26.1%
Chad 42.7 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 2,524 33.6%
Congo, Dem. Rep 191.4 5.5% 0.1% 0.2% 2,072 6.8%
Congo, Rep. 40.6 1.9% 0.0% 0.0% 7,175 40.0%
Cote d'Ivoire 225.3 7.3% 0.1% 0.3% 8,329 33.2%
Egypt 1,855.3 3.8% 1.1% 1.3% 17,795 63.7%
Ethiopia 414.9 8.6% 0.3% 0.5% 3,520 35.8%
Gabon 64.2 2.5% 0.0% 0.0% 28,174 34.8%
Gambia 9.0 3.6% 0.0% 0.0% 3,618 50.8%
Ghana 273.1 5.3% 0.2% 0.3% 8,606 52.8%
Guinea 60.4 6.1% 0.0% 0.1% 4,473 23.8%
Guinea-Bissau 6.6 2.8% 0.0% 0.0% 3,254 46.4%
Haiti 59.0 6.9% 0.0% 0.1% 5,112 13.5%
Kenya 404.0 5.4% 0.2% 0.4% 7,347 42.2%
Laos 81.6 5.9% 0.0% 0.1% 11,062 67.7%
Lesotho 7.7 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 3,580 35.9%
Madagascar 71.3 2.3% 0.0% 0.0% 2,508 31.4%
Mali 86.4 3.7% 0.1% 0.1% 4,142 28.0%
Mauritania 42.1 3.5% 0.0% 0.0% 8,816 31.8%
Mongolia 51.3 5.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15,404 72.0%
Mozambique 59.3 4.2% 0.0% 0.0% 1,845 67.7%
Myanmar 358.9 3.7% 0.2% 0.3% 6,548 37.7%
Nepal 187.2 5.6% 0.1% 0.2% 6,307 28.7%
Niger 51.7 5.6% 0.0% 0.1% 2,057 30.7%
Nigeria 1,934.0 2.5% 1.2% 1.0% 9,148 20.1%
Rwanda 44.4 6.3% 0.0% 0.0% 3,341 46.3%
Senegal 91.1 5.3% 0.1% 0.1% 5,297 49.0%
Sierra Leone 23.4 3.4% 0.0% 0.0% 2,869 44.0%
Sudan 338.3 1.6% 0.2% 0.1% 7,534 94.3%
Tanzania 288.9 5.6% 0.2% 0.3% 4,698 22.6%
Togo 33.0 8.2% 0.0% 0.0% 3,892 35.5%
Uganda 168.1 4.7% 0.1% 0.1% 3,567 32.1%
Yemen, Rep. 58.7 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 1,926 42.5%
Zambia 103.8 3.4% 0.1% 0.1% 5,485 74.6%

Bottom Billion Countries
Totals / Averages:
8,743.9 N/A 4.9% 6.3% 6,423* 40.0%*


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Notes:
  • GDP data includes estimates for the Informal Economy, and updated Base Years, to improve the often imperfect quality of Bottom Billion Countries data.
  • Debt-to-GDP ratio is total gross government debt as a proportion of revised GDP.
  • Data with an astrix (*) represents an average for all countries.
  • Offical GDP data quality is often poor in Emerging Market countries. See data quality for individual countries.







Demography




Emerging Market
Countries
Population
Data Quality
Grade
Total
Population
Millions
Life Expectancy
Years
Median
Age
Years
Statistical Capacity
0-100 Index
Age Dependency
Total






Angola D 33.9 61 16.7 45.6 5.5
Benin C 12.5 62 18.8 62.2 17.4
Bolivia C 11.8 72 25.6 66.7 39.5
Burkina Faso C 21.5 62 17.6 67.8 12.1
Burundi D 12.3 62 17.3 57.8 9.0
Cambodia C 16.9 70 25.6 60.0 44.3
Cameroon D 27.2 59 18.7 46.7 18.9
Central African Republic D 4.9 53 17.6 36.7 13.6
Chad D 16.9 54 16.6 54.4 4.0
Congo, Dem. Rep D 92.4 61 17.0 40.0 4.6
Congo, Rep. D 5.7 65 19.2 38.9 21.3
Cote d'Ivoire C 27.1 58 18.9 71.1 20.2
Egypt A 104.3 72 24.6 82.2 35.4
Ethiopia D 117.9 67 19.5 47.8 23.2
Gabon D 2.3 66 22.5 40.0 31.1
Gambia C 2.5 62 17.8 70.0 13.1
Ghana D 31.7 64 21.5 71.1 32.6
Guinea D 13.5 62 18.0 51.1 14.8
Guinea-Bissau D 2.0 58 18.8 48.9 18.8
Haiti D 11.5 64 24.0 53.3 39.6
Kenya C 55.0 67 20.1 57.8 30.2
Laos C 7.4 68 24.4 62.2 43.2
Lesotho D 2.2 54 24.0 67.8 40.8
Madagascar C 28.4 67 19.6 54.4 24.1
Mali B 20.9 59 16.3 60.0 2.0
Mauritania D 4.8 65 20.1 61.1 25.0
Mongolia A 3.3 70 28.2 92.2 45.2
Mozambique C 32.2 61 17.6 62.2 11.6
Myanmar C 54.8 67 29.0 74.4 53.5
Nepal D 29.7 71 24.6 72.2 47.0
Niger D 25.1 62 15.2 68.9 -9.5
Nigeria D 211.4 55 18.1 53.3 14.0
Rwanda D 13.3 69 20.0 73.3 25.8
Senegal C 17.2 68 18.5 66.7 15.8
Sierra Leone C 8.1 55 19.4 60.0 23.7
Sudan D 44.9 65 19.7 54.4 23.1
Tanzania D 61.5 65 18.0 63.3 14.1
Togo C 8.5 61 19.4 67.8 22.9
Uganda D 47.1 63 16.7 71.1 7.7
Yemen, Rep. D 30.5 66 20.2 27.8 28.3
Zambia D 18.9 64 17.6 53.3 14.3

Bottom Billion Countries
Totals / Averages:
N/A 1,293.9 63* 20.1* 59.4* 22.5*


Notes:
  • Data with an astrix (*) represents an average for all countries.
  • Statistical Capacity Index numbers shown on a scale of 0-100.
    0 = Low level of resources, 100 = High level of resources.


Key:
Data Quality Grade definitions:
         A: As good as it gets;
         B: Use with caution;
         C: Unreliable for many purposes
         D: Extremely poor quality.








Environmental, Social and Governance




Emerging Market
Countries:
Carbon Emissions
Total MTCo2e
Methane Emissions
Total MTCo2e
Population in Poverty
% of Pop
Years of Schooling
Years
Rule
of Law
0-100 Index
Corruption Levels
0-100 Index






Angola 38.0 40.0 <0.1% 5 24.9 29
Benin 8.0 5.6 50% 4 30.7 42
Bolivia 22.6 26.0 5% 9 20.2 30
Burkina Faso 4.3 15.6 <0.1% 2 38.3 42
Burundi 0.6 2.1 72% 3 16.1 19
Cambodia 16.0 21.6 <0.1% 5 25.3 23
Cameroon 7.6 15.2 24% 6 20.3 27
Central African Republic 0.3 31.5 66% 4 6.4 24
Chad 1.0 54.5 38% 3 16.4 20
Congo, Dem. Rep 2.3 49.0 77% 7 4.4 19
Congo, Rep. 3.5 3.8 37% 7 20.0 21
Cote d'Ivoire 12.9 6.6 28% 5 33.8 36
Egypt 246.6 56.9 3% 7 39.8 33
Ethiopia 16.3 103.5 31% 3 38.8 39
Gabon 4.7 1.1 3% 9 32.2 31
Gambia 0.6 1.7 10% 4 39.6 37
Ghana 15.0 21.4 13% 7 47.7 43
Guinea 3.2 17.9 35% 3 17.4 25
Guinea-Bissau 0.3 1.6 67% 4 - 21
Haiti 3.3 4.7 24% 6 23.1 20
Kenya 17.3 40.3 37% 7 34.9 30
Laos 32.8 7.9 23% 5 27.7 30
Lesotho 2.2 2.3 27% 7 37.4 38
Madagascar 4.0 17.8 78% 6 26.8 26
Mali 3.4 23.3 50% 2 25.8 29
Mauritania 4.1 6.8 6% 5 34.2 28
Mongolia 65.5 17.9 1% 10 42.1 35
Mozambique 8.7 27.5 63% 4 23.4 26
Myanmar 26.2 70.1 2% 5 19.5 28
Nepal 13.9 31.0 15% 5 36.5 33
Niger 2.1 29.9 45% 2 35.1 31
Nigeria 140.0 127.9 54% 7 28.6 24
Rwanda 1.1 2.9 56% 4 51.3 53
Senegal 9.8 10.8 38% 3 41.8 43
Sierra Leone 1.0 4.6 40% 4 30.0 34
Sudan 23.0 58.9 13% 4 22.3 20
Tanzania 11.6 65.6 49% 6 33.8 39
Togo 3.3 3.5 50% 5 32.3 30
Uganda 5.5 33.3 42% 6 40.5 27
Yemen, Rep. 10.3 8.6 19% 3 4.8 16
Zambia 6.7 27.4 58% 7 33.3 33

Bottom Billion Countries
Totals/Averages:
799.7 1,098.0 N/A 5* 28.9* 30*


Notes:
  • Data with an astrix (*) represents an average for all countries.
  • Index numbers shown on a scale of 0-100.
    Rule of Law: 0 = low rule of law, 100 = High rule of law.
    Corruption Perceptions Index: 0 = High levels of corruption, 100 = Low levels of corruption.
  • Total Carbon and Methane data expressed in MTCo2e (Million Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent)
  • Data with an astrix (*) represents an average for all countries.



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