Belize ranks 78 in the Human Development Report
The Human Development Report is released on a yearly basis; it is a report by the United Nations on the state of the world’s development. The 2010 report was launched today and it warns that the unsustainable patterns of consumption and production are the greatest threats to the anti-poverty drive. The report acknowledges, however, there have been some gains among poor countries regardless of the global financial crisis. Furthermore, it concludes that most people are healthier, live longer, are more educated and have more access to goods and services. It signals positive developments in far away countries such as Nepal, where infant mortality has come down and Ethiopia where education has improved. The H.D.R. also publishes the Human Development Index which is a composite measure of three basic dimensions: health, education and income of countries. We note that Norway continues to top as the country with the best human development and that in fact the top ten countries are European while the top ten countries with terrible poverty indicators are African. Now turning to Belize, we ranked at seventy-eight out of one hundred and sixty-nine countries. The index of Latin America and the Caribbean as a region increased but Belize is below the regional average. We also are ranked below Barbados, Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago but ahead of others such as Guyana and Haiti. But there is a disturbing detail and, that is, that an analysis of the past five years shows that Belize is among the top ten countries that suffered the greatest drop in rank along with countries such as Haiti, Chad, Comoros and Iceland. So in the past five years we have regressed in development indicators such as income and economic growth.