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Bangladesh higher on HDI
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:40:51 AM »
Cheery progress on gender index

BANGLADESH has moved up on Human Development Index by a notch placing  at 142nd among 187 countries  in the UNDP's Human Development Report,2014. Bettering  last year's  record by one step  though modest is significant in many ways For, in spite of  turbulent politics  our people could  pull off a sustained, even improving  trend in  human development indicators. In other words, they could do even better given reasonably stable politics.

That said, particularly noteworthy is that Bangladesh is in the bracket of 18 countries having showed extraordinary progress in human development. The country‚Äôs track record of 'inclusive development' puts it ahead of India,   Pakistan and Nepal. In the newly introduced Gender Development Index Bangladesh is placed at 107th, well ahead of India at 132nd and Pakistan at !45th positions respectively.  But Sri Lanka tops in the gender development category in South Asia.

Two factors contributed to Bangladesh's better showing. The first one is of course the micro-credit revolution which created opportunities for self-employment, particularly among women.  With people's income increasing investment in health and education rose .And women are wiser spenders than men insofar as health and education go. The other contributory factors are said to be government's role in extending social safety net and food security measures .Simultaneously, its efforts in health and education sectors have had some uplifting effect, the ERD secretary pointed out.

Source: The Daily Star, Published: 12:00 am Friday, August 01, 2014
Md. Fouad Hossain Sarker
Assistant Professor and Head
Department of Development Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Daffodil International University
Dhaka-1207