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Table : Internet Penetration vs. HDI, 2009

October 7, 2009  »  StatisticsOne Comment

Below is a summary of how African countries measure based on Human Development Index (the United Nations measure of well-being in a country) and the percentage of each country’s population with Internet access. Only two African nations rank in the upper half of the world, based on the HDI data, but they do not necessarily have the highest Internet penetration rates. In general, however, the better-off a nation, the greater percentage of the population with Internet access.

Country HDI Rank (out of 182) HDI Percentile % Penetration
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 0.847 55 30% 5%
Mauritius 0.804 81 45% 30%
Tunisia 0.769 98 54% 27%
Gabon 0.755 103 57% 6%
Algeria 0.754 104 57% 10%
Equatorial Guinea 0.719 118 65% 2%
Cape Verde 0.708 121 66% 24%
Egypt 0.703 123 68% 16%
Botswana 0.694 125 69% 5%
Namibia 0.686 128 70% 5%
South Africa 0.683 129 71% 9%
Morocco 0.654 130 71% 33%
Sao Tome and Principe 0.651 131 72% 12%
Congo 0.601 136 75% 4%
Comoros 0.576 139 76% 3%
Swaziland 0.572 142 78% 4%
Angola 0.564 143 79% 4%
Madagascar 0.543 145 80% 2%
Kenya 0.541 147 81% 9%
Sudan 0.531 150 82% 9%
Tanzania (United Republic of) 0.530 151 83% 1%
Ghana 0.526 152 84% 4%
Cameroon 0.523 153 84% 3%
Djibouti 0.520 155 85% 2%
Mauritania 0.520 154 85% 1%
Lesotho 0.514 156 86% 3%
Uganda 0.514 157 86% 8%
Nigeria 0.511 158 87% 7%
Togo 0.499 159 87% 6%
Malawi 0.493 160 88% 1%
Benin 0.492 161 88% 2%
Côte d’Ivoire 0.484 163 90% 3%
Zambia 0.481 164 90% 6%
Eritrea 0.472 165 91% 3%
Senegal 0.464 166 91% 7%
Rwanda 0.460 167 92% 3%
Gambia 0.456 168 92% 6%
Liberia 0.442 169 93% 1%
Guinea 0.435 170 93% 1%
Ethiopia 0.414 171 94% 0%
Mozambique 0.402 172 95% 2%
Guinea-Bissau 0.396 173 95% 2%
Burundi 0.394 174 96% 1%
Chad 0.392 175 96% 1%
Burkina Faso 0.389 177 97% 1%
Congo (Democratic Rep. of the) 0.389 176 97% 0%
Mali 0.371 178 98% 1%
Central African Republic 0.369 179 98% 0%
Sierra Leone 0.365 180 99% 0%
Niger 0.340 182 100% 1%

Source: SUMMARY: Human Development Report 2009. Rep. United Nations, 2009. <http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2009_EN_Summary.pdf>.

*Note: Somalia and Zimbabwe were not included in the UNDP report

  • Although Libya has the highest HDI of an African country, its Internet user rate is one-fifth the worldwide average
  • Only Mauritius, Morocco, and Tunisia have penetration rates greater than the worldwide average
  • None of the bottom 13 nations featured in the HDI report has a penetration rate greater than 2%

See a chart of the data here.

  • cew

    Thanks for this!
    Interesting.