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  Human Development Index - Top 30 Countries with high human development
Human development is about much more than the rise or fall of national incomes.
Development is thus about expanding the choices people have to lead lives that they value.
The most basic capabilities for human development are to lead long and healthy lives, to be knowledgeable, to have access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living and to be able to participate in the life of the community.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/human_development.htm   (469 words)

  Human Development Index - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
The UN Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of poverty, literacy, education, life expectancy, and other factors for countries worldwide.
The index was developed in 1990 by the Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq, and has been used since 1993 by the United Nations Development Programme in its annual report.
However, not all UN member states choose to or are able to provide the necessary statistics.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/h/u/m/Human_Development_Index_c588.html   (655 words)

 IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios
Economic and social development comprises many dimensions and a number of indicators have been devised to assess progress and setbacks in human development (see Box 3-1).
Yet, regardless of the level of development, the three essential choices are to have access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living, to lead a long and healthy life, and to acquire knowledge (UNDP, 1997).
Human resources turn out, not unexpectedly, to be the dominant form of wealth in the majority of countries (World Bank, 1997a).
www.pnl.gov /aisu/pubs/eemw/papers/ipccreports/specialreports/emission/057.htm   (1330 words)

 UN Human Development Index: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
The UN Human Development Index measures poverty, literacy, education, life expectancy, and other factors.
Those high on the list often brag about it, as a means of attracting talented migrants (economically, individual capital) or discouraging potential emigrants from leaving.
Canada is well known for doing this, as it led the index for seven years in the 1990s.
www.encyclopedian.com /un/UN-Human-Development-Index.html   (178 words)

 SA ranks 121st on UN index: South Africa: Politics: News24
According to the index, South Africa's overall score is 0.653 on a scale that has a high of 0.965 (Norway) and low of 0.311 (Niger).
Of the 31 countries at the bottom of the index - in the "low human development" category - a total of 28 are from Africa south of the Sahara.
The top-scoring African countries in the index are the Indian Ocean island nations of Seychelles and Mauritius, which made it into the "high human development" category, ranking 47th and 63rd respectively.
www.news24.com /News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2028037,00.html   (376 words)

 UNDP Iraq
UNDP’s vision for the development of economic and employment initiatives is to focus on stabilizing the current situation through immediate employment, thus providing livelihood opportunities for many Iraqis, supporting a cultural change in the economy through promoting the concept of entrepreneurship, and providing advice and guidance in all areas of employment and economic development.
UNDP is currently working with other UN Country Team partners as part of the Poverty Reduction and Human Development Working Group to finalise further areas of development in which UNDP itself will play a major role.
This includes the provision of policy expertise in economic and employment issues, bringing together all UN reports and assessments to produce a complete picture of Iraq human development issues, and a large-scale multi-agency sustainable livelihoods programme targeting particularly hard-hit areas of the country.
www.iq.undp.org /economy.html   (965 words)

 A Dollar a Day :: Measuring Poverty II
The United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI) is one of the most common measures of a country’s progress, making it an often-used indicator of poverty.
UN countries have been ranked by their HDI since 1975, but changes have since been made to the method of calculation — most notably in 1999, when the income portion of the Index was reworked.
The HPI-1 uses the probability of not surviving to the age of 40, the adult illiteracy rate, an average of the percentage of the population without clean water, and the percentage of babies born underweight to calculate the final Index, a percent value (such 41.5% for Angola), the closer to 0%, the better.
library.thinkquest.org /05aug/00282/over_measure2.htm   (652 words)

 United Nations Capital Development Fund
With a Human Development Index of 0.594 the Solomon Islands is ranked as the 128th of 177 countries covered by the Human Development Report of 2005.
Development was set back by several years of severe conflict from 1998-2003 (known as “The Tensions”) when civil unrest shut down most of the country’s major export industries and displaced over 20,000 people.
The challenge will be to achieve a lasting economic recovery on the basis of sustainable utilization of natural resources, private sector development and, most importantly, an improvement of the economy in rural areas where 85% of the population lives.
www.uncdf.org /english/countries/solomon/index.php   (383 words)

 Human Development Index — Key Findings by The Globalist - The Globalist > > Global Development
Enter the Human Development Index, one of the broadest measures of how any country — and its citizens — are doing.
The human development index (HDI) is a composite index that measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development:
Due to a lack of comparable data, 16 UN member countries are not included in the index.
www.theglobalist.com /DBWeb/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=4135   (733 words)

 Pakistan Times | Top Story: Pakistan moves up on UN's Human Development Index
The new index reveals that 18 of the world's poorest countries, with a total of 460 million population, are doing worse on most key human development indicators.
The Human Development Report says that the gap between the richest and poorest countries in the world is growing, as human development in sub-Saharan Africa stagnates and progress in other regions accelerates.
Introduced with the first Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990, the HDI assesses the state of human development through life expectancy; adult literacy and enrolment at the primary, secondary and tertiary level; and income, based on the most recent reliable data from UN partners and other official sources.
www.pakistantimes.net /2006/11/11/top8.htm   (470 words)

 UN Site Index
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www.un.org /site_index   (369 words)

 Fraser Institute - Hyping the UN Human Development Index (Again)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Using more indicators, as employed by the Economic Freedom of the World Index, makes an index less vulnerable to slight skews in data; the impact of a biased indicator on the overall score is reduced when more indicators are used.
This can mean distortions for a country on the overall index in a given year, simply due to the fact that life expectancies for that year were never directly measured.
This is especially the case for economically developed countries, whose scores are compressed due to tweaks in the GDP formula.
www.fraserinstitute.ca /fraser/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=pb&id=553   (1001 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Economy | Up close and personal
This includes its position on the UN's human development index, the indicators for human development, and the status of women, civil society and the private sector.
The reports for the greater part contend that local human development in most governorates is poor and needs greater efforts in order to attain the UNDP's prescribed Millennium Development Goals by the year 2017.
A unified plan for development is recommended which would integrate all local development projects along with their objectives, based on the Human Development Index.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2006/794/ec3.htm   (691 words)

 Finance & Development, September 2005 - Ethiopia: Scaling Up
Ethiopia, among the poorest countries in Africa, presents one of the biggest development challenges in a region beset by frequent drought and food shortages and hobbled by inadequate roads and communications.
It ranks in the bottom 10 of the UN’s Human Development Index, a composite measure of per capita income, health, and education (in 2004, it was listed as 170th out of 177).
In view of the uncertainty about the form of additional aid flows (grants or loans), development of a clear public debt strategy covering both domestic and external debt, and strong institutions to ensure its implementation, would be key to avoiding an excessive buildup of debt in a scaling-up scenario.
www.imf.org /external/pubs/ft/fandd/2005/09/andrews.htm   (2291 words)

 Human Development Reports
This year’s Human Development Report takes stock of human development, including progress towards the MDGs.
Extreme inequality between countries and within countries is identified as one of the main barriers to human development—and as a powerful brake on accelerated progress towards the MDGs.
Human Development Report Calls on International Community to Break Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Violent Conflict
hdr.undp.org /reports/global/2005   (175 words)

 Human Development Index
Its Human Development Index rating (from the 2005 United Nations Human Development Report) is falling, primarily due to the AIDS epidemic: nearly 39 percent of...
The UN 2005 Human Development Index places Angola at 160 of 177 countries in terms of the quality of life, a reflection of how much social investment is...
Latifur said in spite of significant improvement in the human development index (HDI), poverty and pressure of population remained a threat to the economy's...
www.wikihobo.com /human-development-index/blog.shtml   (4594 words)

 World’s sixth Nuclear Weapon’s Power of India ranks 132nd in UN’s Human Development Index-1999
Human development is the process of enlarging people’s chances, what people do and can do is their lives and pursuit of happiness.
The Human Development Index (HDI) has been constructed ever year since 1990 to measure average achievements in basic human development in one simple composite index and to produce a ranking of countries, a cross section of which is reproduced below, to give an idea where India stands after fifty years of so called Independence.
Indians working at the UN have somehow managed with low birth weight at 33% and also have managed to omit the information that India has the highest population of AIDS cases in the world.
www.khalistan-affairs.org /Main/K_Calling/KC071499.html   (619 words)

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According to UN Human Development Index, Norway, Iceland, Australia, Ireland, Sweden rank top in quality of life.
The Human Development Index, prepared by the UN Development Program, has been issued annually since 1990 examines per-capita income, education, health care and life expectancy in measuring a nation's well-being and includes every country for which statistics are available.
For the 31 countries with low human development, life expectancy is only 46 years -- some 32 years less than in rich nations, the report said.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3326496,00.html   (334 words)

 Dr. Dobb's | But We're CMM Level 5! | December 17, 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: )
UN officials repeatedly scolded Canadians because the index was never intended to be misused in this manner—it was designed to classify countries for development programs, not for propaganda purposes.
Case in point: A while ago, I was talking to the development manager of a company that creates human resources management software, discussing the bids that I had received from different vendors for our e-commerce system, some of them in the million-plus region.
They were good developers, and if I could hire high-quality talent for $40 an hour instead of the $175 an hour I was being quoted by most development houses—well, my friend was right: I'd be crazy to outsource to a North American software house.
www.ddj.com /dept/architect/184414810   (1250 words)

 Armenia Ranks 87 on UN Human Development Index, Ahead of Neighbors
The UN Human Development Report 2003 was released by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday.
The Human Development Index charts life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rates, combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross educational enrollment ratios, and the Gross Domestic Product.
In a letter to the Armenian Government, the Human Development Report Office also explains that despite an initial decline in the early 1990s when many Central and Eastern European and CIS countries experienced setbacks, the Human Development Index for Armenia has increased steadily.
www.armeniaforeignministry.com /PR/PR243.html   (272 words)

 Economic Freedom of the World: 2003 Annual Report : Media Release
There is a clear correlation between countries scoring high on the UN's Human Development Index, also released today, and those countries that score well in the Economic Freedom Report.
The more economically free a country, the greater the level of human development enjoyed by its citizens.
The top fifth most economically free countries have an average score of 9 out of 10 on the Human Development Index whereas the bottom fifth least economically free countries have an average score of 6.
www.freetheworld.com /press070803.html   (995 words)

 India. The Emerging Power?
In the UN’s Human Development index, which is a composite of various factors including health, education, and income, India ranks 127th among 175 countries.
It has been shown that poverty in India is declining, and much industry has developed however, these reports that come out also show poverty is declining have done so by redefining poverty.
Now, the terms longer relates to whether or not people get their minimum requirements of calories, the official National Sample Survey of 2000 showed that three-fourths of India’s rural population and half the urban populations did not get the minimum recommended calories.
home.comcast.net /~laylalhs/humdev.html   (207 words)

 tata.com :Tatas index their social conscience
The Tata group is now trying to evolve this as yet nebulous concept in India on a tangible scale by drawing up a special CSR index it calls the Tata Index for Sustainable Human Development.
The index has been developed by the Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI) to benchmark the contributions of Tata companies toward social development and protection of the environment.
They have to rate their performance on these parameters on a scale of 0-1,000, called the 'scale of human excellence', which has five sub-bands, namely, human consideration (Scale: 0-250), human concern (251-450), human- achievement (451-650), human development (651-875), and human excellence (876-1,000).
www.tata.com /tata_sons/media/20040327.htm   (261 words)

 UNAMI - Poverty Reduction and Human Development
Iraq’s ranking in the UN Human Development index dropped from 76 in 1991 to 127 in 2001.
The UN has global experience in this field, with an ability to manage systemic change from the ground-level, providing practical, sustainable support all the way through to ministries and policy planning, whilst still ensuring that marginalised groups are fully included in the process.
Since the end of hostilities in 2003 UN agencies have been working in many different areas of poverty reduction: implementing immediate labour-driven programmes throughout the country, targeting vulnerable communities in both urban and rural areas for employment and development, and working with new Iraqi authorities in areas of policy and advice.
www.uniraq.org /clusters/cluster10.asp   (662 words)

 The UN human development index - smh.com.au
While the U.N. Human Development Program found progress in most countries in its latest ranking released Wednesday, the report said, more than 60 of 173 countries ranked in this year's human development index have lower income per capita today than before 1990.
Iraq was not in the index because of "lack of information" on the country, said Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, the report's chief author.
The report "shows substantial progress over the last decades in the level of human development in most parts of the world," said UNDP, which released the Human Development Report for 2002 at the Philippines' presidential palace.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/07/24/1027497352616.html   (464 words)

 Marcus Bleasdale: Artist Statement   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Since the war began in 1998, the country has fallen 28 places in the UN Human Development Index to 168 out of 177.
But years later, the activities that the UN panel expressed concern over continue, and so does the conflict, as stated in a recently released report from Human Rights Watch.
This fundamental breakdown of the social structure of African societies, fueled by the West's desire for minerals and gems, is as damaging to human life as the fighting itself.
www.soros.org /initiatives/photography/focus_areas/mw/11/bleasdale_artist   (562 words)

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