MVP Sustainability Map



Sustainability Grade




Sustainable Population

18.0 %

Contraception Use


Species Threatened

1.37 %

Population Growth

$ 3,136

GDP Per Capita

Country Comments

Djibouti has few natural resources and is the 40th-fastest-growing country globally. Its current population is three times greater than what is sustainable under their modest consumption levels. Waste generation is a serious problem, with the country generating three times the EU average in municipal waste, and recycling less than one-third of the EU average. The Government of Djibouti, UN Environment and partners are trying to restore forest areas, unblock canals and improve the drinking water.

One good trend: twenty years ago women on average had 5 children. Today the average is 2.76.

Djibouti however, needs to do better. US AID reports 60.5 percent of women remain illiterate with only 19 percent employed increasing the number of Djiboutian women that suffer from the effects of poverty.

In a 2018 survey of health facilities in 10 African countries, only 57% of Djibouti health facilities offered family planning and where it was offered it offered few choices. According to SARA data, unmarried adolescents, in particular, are underserved.