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Seven sub-Saharan African countries are among the states with the fastest average growth in human development over the past 12 years

According to a blog post by the Guardian, US falls 13 places in development rankings once inequality in society is taken into account – while sub-Saharan Africa ranks second only to south Asia for average growth.


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The US falls 13 places in the UN's human development index (HDI) once inequality is taken into account – while Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Burma and seven sub-Saharan African countries make up the 10 states with the fastest average growth in human development over the past 12 years.

The latest figures and rankings – released in the UN's 2013 human development report from the UN Development Programme – include life expectancy, education and income. Norway once again comes out top, with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger propping up the bottom.

But the report also includes a table on trends in the HDI over the past three decades – which makes more favourable reading for poorer African nations.

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