RSS | 25 September 2018

Human Development Index Finds Improvements in Well-Being but Wide Inequalities

14 September 2018: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the 2018 Human Development Index (HDI) finding that, on average, people are living longer, are more educated and have greater income. At the same time, however, the HDI reports that “massive differences” remain across the world in people’s well-being.


The ‘Gender Development Index’ analyzes gaps in human development between men and women for 164 countries. The average HDI for women is 6% lower than for men globally.

The ‘Gender Inequality Index’ examines gender-based inequalities related to health, empowerment and economic status for 160 countries. The Index highlights gaps in global labor force participation, share of parliamentary seats and other measures of gender inequality.

IISD: SDG Knowledge Hub
Catherine Benson Wahlén