Country infoChad

Population: 12.45 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 740/year (2012)
Poverty rate*: 47% (2011)
Literacy rate: 35% (2010)
Human Development Index: Index: 184th out of 187 countries (2012)


Chad has experienced instability and conflict since its independence from France in 1960. It is among the poorest countries in the world with 47% of the population living below the poverty line. Poverty is primarily concentrated in rural areas, where 87% of the country’s poor live. The country will not, if following the current trend, meet any of the Millennium Development Goals. Health indicators in Chad are among the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Maternal mortality stands at 191 per 1,000 live births, with 76% of women delivering without qualified assistance. The primary gross enrolment rate is estimated at around 98%, while the completion rate is around 36%.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Archived project
Reintroducing the oryx
The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)


The Scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild where its presence once extended across the Sahelo-Saharan belt. The innovative project led by the Sahara Conservation Fund aimed to identify the ideal location in Chad to successfully reintroduce the oryx, under the best possible conditions.. 

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