Harare ranked world’s 6th least liveable city

HARARE has been ranked the sixth least liveable city in the world out of 140 nation cities due to instability, inadequate infrastructure and a poor healthcare system, faring better only against cities in conflict-ridden and highly fragile states except Nigeria, according to the Global Liveability Index (GLI) of 2018.

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA

The rank is a downgrade by two positions from last year’s.

The GLI of 2018 is an annual index of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is an international research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company of The Economist newspaper based in the United Kingdom.

Damascus, the Capital of war-torn Syria, is ranked the world’s most unliveable city, followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), Lagos (Nigeria), Karachi (Pakistan), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Harare.

In terms of overall rankings, Harare ranked 135 out of the 140 nations surveyed, scoring 42,6 on the index, with 100 being the most ideal.

“The rankings of cities like Damascus, Karachi and Tripoli suggest that conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is not only because stability indicators have the highest single scores, but also because factors defining stability can spread to have an adverse effect on other categories,” EIU said in the rankings released on Tuesday.

“For example, conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals and undermine the availability of goods, services and recreational activities. Unavailability of adequate infrastructure is also responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is particularly visible in the ranks of cities like Dhaka (Bangladesh, 139th), Harare (Zimbabwe, 135th), Douala (Cameroon, 133rd) and Dakar (Senegal, 131st).”

In a breakdown of the GLI rankings, Harare scored poorly in terms of stability with a 40,0 and healthcare (20,8) and infrastructure (35,7). But, in terms of culture and environment, Harare scored 58,6 and for education (66,7), showing positive marks in those areas.

Post-election violence has led to seven confirmed deaths, beatings, abductions, burning of opposition homes by suspected ruling party members, including antagonising journalists, all of which are detergents to investors or visitors.

“The Middle East, Africa and Asia account for the ten lowest-scoring cities in the survey where violence — whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war — has played a strong role,” EIU said.


The methodology behind the ranking is based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

“Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable,” EIU said.

“For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calculated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points.”

EIU said the concept of liveability is simple; it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.

“Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses; from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison between locations,” EIU said.

Since the election violence broke out, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) issued a statement trying to quell any notion of the country’s current instability.

“The ZTA would like to inform all valued tourists from both the domestic and international markets that, notwithstanding the post-election violence witnessed on 01 August 2018 in the capital city, Harare, Zimbabwe remains a safe destination for any travel,” ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke said.

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18 Comments

  1. and on top of the menu of issues raised by the author of this article we now have added to the list the menace being posed by mdc supporters who have all of a sudden developed a penchant for violence and this need to be nipped in the bud soon.

    1. Don’t you understand the word instability?

      1. and so how do you smuggle and fit this word unto this whole equation

    2. You forgot to include potholes, cash crisis, runaway bond notes inflation and many more

  2. The beautiful ones are not yet born

    Don’t be silly!

    I am actually convinced you work for Newsday and they pay you to irritate people.

  3. Zanu is all to blame for all this. As long as there is Zanu for a number of years to come, this ‘HELL-ON-EARTH of a country will be reduced to a hovel.

  4. ZANU PF chiwororo

    rico ZANU yaitasei ziva zvekutaura or else nyarara MDC is in control of city council u hv to knw dat

  5. Chinyika chaparara ichi. Zvikukonzerwa ne mhandu dze zanu, mbavha, varoyi, mhondi dzisina kana nyadzi. Zim yave mamvemve. Zim yave kutanda botso. Mwari murikupiko!

  6. kid marongorongo

    this is a political gimmick to discredit Zanu Pf and the government of Zimbabwe, where exactly are they saying its inhabitable when it harbors more than 2 million people. these groups are a real surprise to me. do they have an extra space to that they can make people leave

  7. EYESORE AFTER EYESORE

  8. Does Harare even strike you as a city? It is a hovel. This is not because of local authority’s failures… central government is to blame, whichever way you look at it.

    1. HARARE is sweetest place with all its its un armed population.

  9. Quinton Zvemhara

    Salisbury was a much better city than this Harare squatter camp full of cholera and typhoid. All you hear is some crazy lunatic chanting : ” Pamberi nekutonga.”

  10. EIU is wrong only one country in the world no crime and no terrorism and piece full country. Health care and safety policy in top.EIU Don’t compare Nigeria useless country without security cannot go out.

  11. Despite all issues either way, our zim still safer then some first world countries by far.For instance check whats happening in a Canada,a country renound as been one of the best places to live in.We don’t need these first world terrorists coming here.So let them say want they want.

  12. Tinotenda Ngendere

    That’s a dubious report where is South Africa ranked? It’s not even worthy the paper it is printed on. Where is DRC? Your report is nonsensical.

  13. for culture and environment, with the hooliganism trend and litter, I think they were rather lenient.

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