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In Human Development, Sri Lanka leads South Asian Region

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As per the Global Human Development Report (HDR) 2015 by UN Development Programme (UNDP), Sri Lanka has stood at the top of the ladder in terms of human development.

  • In terms of annual human development index (HDI) growth rate during 1990-2014 it was ranked at 73rd, lower than other South Asian countries.

The report was based on the study of 188 countries and territories by assessing their long-term progress in 3 attributes – a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

In Human Development Sri Lanka leads South Asian RegionRanks on the basis of annual human development index (HDI)

  • Ahead of Sri Lanka, Iran is ranked at 69th rank while Maldives stood at 104th.
  • India and Bhutan comes under the category of medium human development countries – India is ranked at 130th.
  • Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan come under the category of low human development countries where Pakistan is positioned at 147th.
  • In lieu of growth rate during 1990-2014, South Asia’s figure was 38, the highest among all regions.
  • Within the region of South Asia, Afghanistan tops the list with the value of 89 for 1990-2014 followed by Bangladesh (1.64), Nepal (1.49) and India (1.48). Sri Lanka’s score was 0.83.

United Nations Development Programme
UNDP is the United Nation’s global development network. It provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

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