2013 Human Development Report

2013 Human Development Report

November 4, 2013

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.


  • 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.