Human Development Report

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Human Development Report

The Human Development Report is an annual publication prepared by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Its main feature is the Human Development Index composed of statistics for life expectancy, education, and GDP used to rank countries as developed, developing, or underdeveloped. In the 2010 index, the Philippines ranked 97th out of 169 countries and 4th among the ASEAN-6 (see Figure 40) classified in the medium developing category, with Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Notably, percentile ranking of the Philippines dropped from 57th in 2001 to 43rd in 2010 while Indonesia and Vietnam have been generally keeping pace with the rest of the world in terms of enhancing human capital. If this trend continues, the country could end up at the bottom of the ASEAN-6 group in the next few years.

Figure 40: Human development index, percentile rankings, 1980-2013

Figure 40

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