Burundi

TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT INEQUALITY IN BURUNDI
  1. Burundi is the least unequal country in East Africa. It is also East Africa’s smallest economy.
  2. In 2006, the richest 10 per cent had an income 1.35 times larger than that of the poorest 40 per cent.
  3. In 2011, average income in Burundi was estimated at US$271. In that year, the richest 20 percent got $546, while the poorest 20 percent got US$114.
  4. Burundi has the highest level of malnutrition in East Africa, with an estimated 836,000 or 58 per cent of all children aged under five who are stunted.
  5. Burundi’s North and Central-East regions, where 61 percent of children are stunted, are the worst places in East Africa from a nutritional perspective.
  6. 41 percent of the poorest men in Burundi have never been to school, the largest proportion of unschooled poor men in East Africa.
  7. Formal sector workers Burundi make up less than four percent of the working population.
  8. Young Burundians aged 15-24 years are four times more likely to be unemployed than adults aged 25-64 years.
  9. Burundi has the lowest official minimum wage in East Africa, at US$3.10 per month.
  10. Only five percent of Burundi’s poorest men and women have any health insurance.
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