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Human Development Index (HDI) of Bangladesh in UN Report December 14, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, UN.
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Human Development report(HDR) is published each year from 1990 by the UN. It indicates the state of the nation in relation to human development by Human development Index-HDI. HDI indicates a composite measure of 3 dimension of human development:

1) living a long healthy life( measured by life expectancy)

2) being educated( measured by adult education and enrolment at primary, secondary and tertiary level)

3) having a decent standard of living ( measured by purchasing power parity)

The index is not a comprehensive measure of human development. It does not include gender and income inequality and it does not include the difficult measurements like respect for human life and political freedom. It actually provides a broadened prism for viewing human progress and the complex relationship between income and well-being.

The HDI for Bangladesh is 0.547 with a rank of 140 I among 177 countries.

Following is a comparison of countries in South East Asia


HDI-rank and index

Life expectancy at birth

Adult literacy rate (%)

Combined primary, secondary & tertiary level entries(%)

GDP per capita income

Sri Lanka


82 (71.6)

55 (90.7)

126 (62.7)

106 (4595)



112 (67.6)

32 (96.3)

116 (65.8)

99 (5261 )



125 (63.7)

114 (61.0)

122 (61.0)

117 (3402)




129 (47)




124 (49.9)

158 (40.0)

127 (2370)




128 (47.3)

139 (56.0)

138 (2853)




126 (48.6)

136 (58.1)

143 (1550)

Sri Lanka amid wars in the country is holding the best position in relation to HDI among the SAARC countries with life expectancy 71.6 years, adult literacy rate 90.7%. combined entry in primary, secondary and tertiary level 62.7% and GDP of 4595 US$. Bangladesh is holding sad sixth position with life expectancy of 63.1 years, adult literacy rate 47.3% which is far below the Sri Lanka and Maldives, institutional entries 56% which is highest at Maldives at 65.8% and the GDP per capita income is 2853 where Maldives and Sri Lanka have 5761 and 4595 respectively.

HDI gives a more complete picture of human development than income. The following figure depicts that where with lower income Congo and Bangladesh share the same position.


Most of the regions of the world are showing upward trend in HDI from 1990. The South East Asia and South Asia showed an accelerated progress. The exception is the Sub-Saharan countries because of catastrophic effect of HIV/AIDS on life expectancy.


Hope that Bangladesh will improve its standing in the coming years. (Source: UN Human Development Report 2007-2008)

An ordinary citizen

Link :
Bangladesh data sheet for 2007-08
Follow up :
4th November 2011
Bangladesh in Human Development Reports 1990 -2011


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2. Aagat - October 5, 2008

Thank you… very good site…got just what I was looking for…

3. Sandesh - November 1, 2008

I am confused seeing the so called HDI. What is the source of data? Who collects and provides the data? Have the people visited the field? or got it in the desk. If u visit the respective countries you find the weakness.

4. bdoza - November 4, 2008

The data are collected from the UN Human Development Report 2007-08. The responsibility of the authenticity of the data lies with UN.
You can better check the data from the original report of UN.

5. bdoza - February 21, 2009

HDI report is updated for 2008 based on the figure of 2006. Bangladesh occupies the 147th place out of 177 countries http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/

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