Human Development Index

Big costs of gender gap in sub-Saharan Africa

African girls are better educated than a generation ago. Women are taking more leadership roles and building successful business careers. However, a new United...

Infographic: South Africa’s human development by numbers

Human development in South Africa is steadily rising, according to the United Nations Development Programme. In its 2015 Human Development Index (HDI), which ranks 188 countries, South Africa is improving in life expectancy at birth, average years of schooling and annual income per person. Presented here are some of the facts and figures from the index.

Analysis: South Africa’s Performance in UNDP Human Development Report 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2015 Human Development Index Presents the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI - values and ranks) for 188 countries...

5 reasons to be optimistic about Africa

It is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa's rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty alleviation, people's views on the region's outlook remain stubbornly polarised. Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, shares why she remains optimistic.

SA’s human development index rising

South Africa's Human Development Index - a standard measure of determining whether a country is developed, developing or underdeveloped - is continuing on an upward trend that started in 2007 following a decade-long decline, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations.