2013 Human Development Report Launched

Sub-Saharan Africa can achieve higher levels of human development if it deepens its engagement with other regions of the South, according to the 2013 Human Development Report, which was officially launched on 14 March by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto in  Mexico City.

The Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, shows the Africa region as having the second highest growth in the Report’s accompanying Human Development Index (HDI) after South Asia over the past ten years. The Report uses the term “the South” to refer to developing countries and “the North” for developed ones.  “Africa has achieved sustained rates of economic growth at a time of great involvement with emerging economies,” says Tegegnework Gettu, Regional Director of UNDP Africa. “But progress has been broad-based, with strong improvements in other dimensions of human development such as health and education.” Compared to other regions, sub-Saharan Africa still has the lowest average national HDI—yet of the 14 countries in the world that recorded HDI gains of more than two percent annually since 2000, eleven are in the region.

These top-performers on the HDI include a mix of countries with or without resources as well as diversified and high-performing agriculture-based economies like Angola, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda and Uganda, with Sierra Leone showing the second-highest HDI improvement in the world since 2000.  That progress has happened amid an upsurge in trade, investment and development cooperation with emerging economies like Brazil, China and India that have succeeded in pulling millions out of poverty.

Read the 2013 Human Development Report