Why does the HDI not include dimensions of participation, gender and equality?
As a simple summary index, the HDI is designed to reflect average achievements in three basic aspects of human development – leading a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and enjoying a decent standard of living. Instead of bringing additional dimensions and indicators into the HDI, other composite indices were introduced – Inequality-adjusted HDI, Gender inequality index, and gender development index. Participation and other aspects of well-being are measured using a range of objective and subjective indicators and are regularly discussed in the Reports. Measurement issues related to these aspects of human development demonstrate the conceptual and methodological challenges that need to be further addressed.