Visualizing 25 Years of Human Development

Human Development Reports have been pioneers in measuring and visualizing human progress. This section displays some influential graphs and visualization that have contributed to advance new ideas.

The 2013 Human Development Report revealed the rise of the South was radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth and societal change. Among other issues, the Report projected that the trade between countries in the South will overtake that between developed nations.

The 2014 Report advocates for the universal provision of basic social services to enhance resilience, refuting the notion that only wealthy countries can afford to do this. This graph presents a comparative analysis of countries of differing income levels and systems of government that have either started to implement or have fully implemented such policies.

This graph compares the number of people who are income poor and those who suffer from multidimensional poverty -a concept that measures broader aspects of poverty including proportion and intensity of health, education and living standard deprivation in each poor household. According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day.

The 2014 Report talked about life cycle vulnerabilities to refer to those threats that individuals face across different stages of their life - rom infancy through youth, adulthood and old age. Poverty, social exclusion, illness, and many other factors contribute for instance to the vulnerability of older people (age 60 and above).

The graph shows that the share of young people in the total population is expected to fall in most regions by 2050. Youth is the key period when people learn to engage with society and learn about the world of work.

This infographic shows human capabilities over a person’s lifespan and reveals how investment in life capabilities that occur earlier can lead to a better future prospect and vice versa.

As this graph shows, over the last two decades a significant number of countries have progress to higher human development achieving higher human development levels. For instance, out of the 47 countries that were in the low human development group in 1990, 16 have moved to the medium human development group.