In Djibouti, Urbanization and Poverty Go Hand in Hand
It doesn’t add up. Even though 77 percent of its 940,000 citizens live in cities — 1 percent more than Germany — Djibouti is still deeply impoverished, posting a gross national income that’s merely one-fortieth of Europe’s economic powerhouse. Experts blame a combination of political corruption and environmental factors, like rocky, arid land that doesn’t lend itself to agriculture. But despite the country’s poverty, Djibouti is located on a crucial artery of global trade, putting it at the center of international efforts to fight piracy and terrorism.