Picture: courtesy of the Irish Times
A woman and her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation center in Southern Niger. Niger ranked last and Ireland ranked 4th of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index.
Living conditions have improved faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world over the past five years according to a newly published UN report. Ireland now ranks fourth in the world in the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite index which focuses on the ability to lead a healthy and long life; the ability to acquire knowledge and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living. The purpose of the study was to encourage a wider view of development that was not just limited to economic criteria.
Between 2012 and 2017, Ireland moved up 13 places on the HDI index that is published by the UN development Programme every year. Norway, Switzerland and Australia top the list. The lowest on the list were Burundi, Chad, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Niger.
Ireland has moved up the overall ranking on the charts the fastest of all 189 countries but is only 23rd when it comes to the area of gender inequality, where it ranked 23rd.
In 2017, Irish women had a life expectancy of 83.6 years while men’s was 79.7. In Ireland women spent 19.7 in schooling and men spent 19.5years while in Niger it was just 5 years.
The study also showed that while on average people’s life spans, education levels and incomes have increased, the difference in well-being across the world is still very great.