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Barbados leads the region in human development
Published on February 19, 2011 Email To Friend    Print Version

by Global Staff

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados is at number 42 on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report.

The Barbados Advocate newspaper reported that the most recent report for 2010, which was handed over to Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner on Tuesday, places the country in the Very High Human Development category, one where there is no other Caribbean country, and only those known for their development, such as Norway, Austria, and the United States of America.

This new report marks the 20th anniversary since the first report was issued in
1990, and Sandiford-Garner commended the fact that with successive reports there was always an effort to go beyond the traditional economic indicator of per capita income as a measure of human progress by incorporating factors such as average life expectancy and literacy.

This year's report has found new ways to measure knowledge and standard of living by measuring knowledge in terms of using, instead of simply literacy, mean years of school, and instead of gross enrolment, expected years of schooling, and measuring standard of living by gross national income (GNI) per capita, instead of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

The senator added that the new measures can significantly improve the effectiveness of the programmes that have been put in place as Barbados and the region as a whole look at ways to accelerate the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
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