2013 Human Development Report

14 Mar 2013
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Summary

The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

 

The Report identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years. The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries' achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades.

 

Each of these countries has its own unique history and has chosen its own distinct development pathway. Yet they share important characteristics and face many of the same challenges. They are also increasingly interconnected and interdependent.

 

The Report calls for far better representation of the South in global governance systems and points to potential new sources of financing within the South for essential public goods. With fresh analytical insights and clear proposals for policy reforms, the Report helps charts a course for people in all regions to face shared human development challenges together, fairly and effectively.


Highlights

·  Today, the South as a whole produces about half of world economic output, up from about a third in 1990.

 

·  Latin America, in contrast to overall global trends, has seen income inequality fall since 2000.

 

·  There is a clear correlation between past public investment in social and physical infrastructure and progress on the Human Development Index.

 

·  Developing countries trade more among themselves than with the North, and this trend can go much further.

 

 

Human Development Index (HDI) - 2012 Rankings

 

Very High
Human Development

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. United States
  4. Netherlands
  5. Germany
  6. New Zealand
  7. Ireland
  8. Sweden
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan
  11. Canada
  12. Korea (Republic of)
  13. Hong Kong, China (SAR)
  14. Iceland
  15. Denmark
  16. Israel
  17. Belgium
  18. Austria
  19. Singapore
  20. France
  21. Finland
  22. Slovenia
  23. Spain
  24. Liechtenstein
  25. Italy
  26. Luxembourg
  27. United Kingdom
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Greece
  30. Brunei Darussalam
  31. Cyprus
  32. Malta
  33. Andorra
  34. Estonia
  35. Slovakia
  36. Qatar
  37. Hungary
  38. Barbados
  39. Poland
  40. Chile
  41. Lithuania
  42. United Arab Emirates
  43. Portugal
  44. Latvia
  45. Argentina
  46. Seychelles
  47. Croatia

High
Human Development

  1. Bahrain
  2. Bahamas
  3. Belarus
  4. Uruguay
  5. Montenegro
  6. Palau
  7. Kuwait
  8. Russian Federation
  9. Romania
  10. Bulgaria
  11. Saudi Arabia
  12. Cuba
  13. Panama
  14. Mexico
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Grenada
  17. Libya
  18. Malaysia
  19. Serbia
  20. Antigua and Barbuda
  21. Trinidad and Tobago
  22. Kazakhstan
  23. Albania
  24. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  25. Dominica
  26. Georgia
  27. Lebanon
  28. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  29. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  30. Peru
  31. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  32. Ukraine
  33. Mauritius
  34. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  35. Azerbaijan
  36. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  37. Oman
  38. Brazil
  39. Jamaica
  40. Armenia
  41. Saint Lucia
  42. Ecuador
  43. Turkey
  44. Colombia
  45. Sri Lanka
  46. Algeria
  47. Tunisia

Medium
Human Development

  1. Tonga
  2. Belize
  3. Dominican Republic
  4. Fiji
  5. Samoa
  6. Jordan
  7. China
  8. Turkmenistan
  9. Thailand
  10. Maldives
  11. Suriname
  12. Gabon
  13. El Salvador
  14. Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  15. Mongolia
  16. Palestine (State of)
  17. Paraguay
  18. Egypt
  19. Moldova (Republic of)
  20. Philippines
  21. Uzbekistan
  22. Syrian Arab Republic
  23. Micronesia (Federated States of)
  24. Guyana
  25. Botswana
  26. Honduras
  27. Indonesia
  28. Kiribati
  29. South Africa
  30. Vanuatu
  31. Kyrgyzstan
  32. Tajikistan
  33. Viet Nam
  34. Namibia
  35. Nicaragua
  36. Morocco
  37. Iraq
  38. Cape Verde
  39. Guatemala
  40. Timor-Leste
  41. Ghana
  42. Equatorial Guinea
  43. India
  44. Cambodia
  45. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  46. Bhutan
  47. Swaziland

Low
Human Development

  1. Congo
  2. Solomon Islands
  3. São Tomé and Príncipe
  4. Kenya
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Pakistan
  7. Angola
  8. Myanmar
  9. Cameroon
  10. Madagascar
  11. Tanzania (United Republic of)
  12. Nigeria
  13. Senegal
  14. Mauritania
  15. Papua New Guinea
  16. Nepal
  17. Lesotho
  18. Togo
  19. Yemen
  20. Haiti
  21. Uganda
  22. Zambia
  23. Djibouti
  24. Gambia
  25. Benin
  26. Rwanda
  27. Côte d'Ivoire
  28. Comoros
  29. Malawi
  30. Sudan
  31. Zimbabwe
  32. Ethiopia
  33. Liberia
  34. Afghanistan
  35. Guinea-Bissau
  36. Sierra Leone
  37. Burundi
  38. Guinea
  39. Central African Republic
  40. Eritrea
  41. Mali
  42. Burkina Faso
  43. Chad
  44. Mozambique
  45. Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
  46. Niger