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Top 10 Poorest Countries in the World

/ October 13, 2014

This list reflects the GDP per capita in each country. This is the gross domestic product, or total market value of goods and services produced by the national economy during the last year, in regards to each person in the country.

10.) Afghanistan – $1,072.19

Due to the decades of conflict and war in Afghanistan, the country has had almost no foreign investment explaining the low GDP per capita. Other statistics also indicate the poor state of Afghanistan with unemployment at 35% and 42% of the country’s population living on less than $1 a day. The country has a history of war stretching back long before their contemporary conflicts with Afghanistan invariably the victor. Rather than keeping a traditional army there is a number of small units within the country that are deployed at different times to attack enemies.

Afghanistan-Kabul Slum

9.) Madagascar – $972.07

The Madagascan economy relies heavily upon tourism, agriculture and the extractive industries. In 2011, agriculture accounted for 29% of the country’s GDP; with manufacturing taking up a further 15%. Tourism in the country has slowed in recent years however with a 50% drop in 2009 compared to the previous year. There are worrying signs in Madagascar though, with 69% of the population living below the national poverty line.

Children Madagascar