Sri Lanka moves up in human development ranking

Sri Lanka has moved up the ranks on the Human Development Index (HDI), moving from 76 in 2018 to 71 this year, with the HDI value increasing from 0.770 (2017) to 0.780 (2018).

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Report for 2019 is titled ‘Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century’.

Adjusted to inequality, Sri Lanka has seen some slight improvement in its in HDI, with the value increasing from 0.664 to 0.686. On the gender front, Sri Lanka scored 0.938 on the gender development index and 0.380 on the gender inequality index, ranking 86.

Overall, Sri Lanka is ranked 71 out of 189 countries in human development and has progressively improved in human development over the past few years, the Government news portal said, noting that Sri Lanka scored 0.625 in 1990 in a scale ranging between 0 to1.

Sri Lanka is the only South Asian country apart from the Maldives to be ranked among ‘high human development’ countries and is placed above countries such as China, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Norway, Switzerland and Ireland ranked at the top in the Human Development Index (HDI) while Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, and Eritrea have ranked the last.

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