African countries lead in improving income inequality in the Commonwealth

Source: World Bank (2019)

The chart shows the Commonwealth countries that made the greatest improvement in reducing income inequality in their respective regions between the years 2000 and 2016. In total, 16 Commonwealth countries reduced inequality – 8 from Africa, 3 from Asia, 4 from the Pacific and 1 from Europe. No country from the Caribbean and Americas region reduced income inequality in the same period. Countries that registered the biggest improvement across the Commonwealth are Botswana, The Gambia, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone and Kenya. The countries that exacerbated income inequality are Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi and Cameroon.