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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)

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.

The Geography of Poverty and Social Development in the Philippines

By Martin W. Lewis | February 1, 2016 | 5 Comments

As the map indicates, poverty is pronounced in several widely scattered parts of the Philippines. Overall, the poorest part of the Philippines is the Muslim-majority area in the southwest, which I have therefore outlined in red

The Satisfaction with Life Index

By Martin W. Lewis | April 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

The Satisfaction with Life Index attempts to measure human happiness across the world, within the confines of national boundaries. The index is complex and highly subjective, and surely deserves further scrutiny. Taking it at face value, however, reveals some intriguing patterns. In general, “life satisfaction” correlates closely with economic and social development, as measured in the Human Development Index. A …

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