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’s 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