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Indices & Data | Human Development Index. Download the latest Human Development Index Data View the HDI Frequently asked questions The first Human Development Report introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income into a composite human development index, the HDI.

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The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development. The HDI sets a minimum and a maximum for each dimension, called goalposts, and then shows where each country stands in relation to these goalposts, expressed as a value between 0 and 1. World Bank Indicators. Health. World Health Organization. World Health Statistics. World Health Organization Global Health Observatory. World Bank Indicators. Two major MDG targets achieved. It’s been a good few days for Millennium Development Goals.

Two major MDG targets achieved

Not one but two targets were reported as met last week, which means that we have reason to celebrate. First, the Economist reported on March 3 that global poverty in 2010 was half the level it was in 1990, meaning that in spite of the worldwide economic downturn, fewer people are living in absolute poverty.