Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is an index designed to measure life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development.

Why This Matters
Barbados ranks number 56 when measuring the HDI. The HDI was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. The Human Development Index cannot replace the Sustainable Development Goals and indicators but it can be inferred countries with higher HDI’s may be progressing with their SDGs and indicators.

Measurement and Limitations
Limitations of the HDI do not address poverty.

Data Source

The United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report 2020
‘The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Antropocene’


Human Development Index in the Sustainable Development Goals

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