According to CNN, terrorism and political instability is a major factor causing most cities in the world to be least liveable. Cameroon’s economic capital Douala ranks at the 9th position amongst the least liveable cities in the globe according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The survey rates 140 cities on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.Damascus in Syria is ranked the lowest in the world’s most liveable cities index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). At the top of the list is Melbourne, rated the best for the sixth year in a row.
The bottom of the list is dominated by the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. This survey has confirmed violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, plays a strong role. “Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores,” says the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The Economist Intelligence Unit further mentioned that “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.”
Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, blighted by years of runaway inflation and political unrest, has seen a 4.4% improvement, although it still languishes near the tail end of the livability chart in 133rd place.