Niger is one of the least developed countries in the world. It consistently ranks near the bottom in the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked 187th of 188 countries for 2015 and 189th out of 189 countries in the 2018 and 2019 reports. Niger, which is located in the heart of the Sahel, has a poorly diversified economy.
More than 10 million people (41.8 % of the population) were living in extreme poverty in 2021. Islam is the most followed religion in Niger and it is practiced by 99 % of the population.
Of Sri Lanka’s approximately 20.36 million population, there are around 1.9 million (9.3 percent) Muslims, according to the 2012 census. Sri Lanka faces unsustainable debt and significant balance of payments challenges.
The economic outlook is highly uncertain due to fiscal and external imbalances.
Approximately one out of every six (16.0%) people in Sri Lanka are multidimensionally poor. Estate areas are pockets of poverty that require policy attention as more than half (51.3%) of all people living in these areas are living in poverty. Rural areas are also a key focus point as more than eight out of every ten (80.9%) people who are poor live in rural areas.
Deprivations in health facilities, cooking fuel, drinking water, and basic facilities have the highest levels of deprivation. One third (33.4%) of children aged 0-4 years old are multidimensionally poor and either underweight or stunted.