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Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Gains and Losses

By Martin W. Lewis | July 21, 2022 |

Although sub-Saharan Africa registered impressive improvements, it still has the world’s lowest HDI figures, and by a substantial margin. A world map showing only countries in the World Bank’s “low human development” tier, posted here, includes just three countries outside of the region (Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan).

Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Gains and Losses

By Martin W. Lewis | |

Although sub-Saharan Africa registered impressive improvements, it still has the world’s lowest HDI figures, and by a substantial margin. A world map showing only countries in the World Bank’s “low human development” tier, posted here, includes just three countries outside of the region (Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan)

Human Development Index (HDI) Rankings in South & Central America

By Martin W. Lewis | July 19, 2022 |

razilian HDI levels are higher than average in the far south (Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina) and southeast (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states), and lower in the north. But the disparities in these numbers across Brazil are much lower than they had previously been, as is evident in the final map posted here.

South Asia’s Human Development Progress

By Martin W. Lewis | July 15, 2022 |

One of my take-home messages for college geography students is that the world is probably both in worse shape and in better shape than they realize: in the geopolitical context of war and conflict, conditions are worse than might be expected from a casual reading of the news, whereas in regard to human development they are considerably better.

Areas of Relatively High Human Development in Greater South Asia

By Martin W. Lewis | July 11, 2022 |

Today’s post continues the GeoCurrents series on the Human Development Index (HDI), focusing initially on greater South Asia. Here we look at areas with relatively high HDI figures.
For decades, the region’s highest human development levels have been found in the far south and southwest, specifically in the Indian states of Kerala and Goa and in Sri Lanka. All invested heavily …

Mapping the Human Development Index (HDI) in Greater South Asia

By Martin W. Lewis | July 7, 2022 |

Levels of social development as measured by the Human Development Index vary greatly across the various regions of South Asia. Particularly low HDI figures are found in India’s central Ganges Valley, in eastern and western Afghanistan, and in Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan.

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