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"Increased food yields do not necessarily mean a decrease in hunger; they just mean more food. Who is going to get access to that food is a different issue." 

-Justin Kilcullen, director of Trócaire

"Money alone does not buy better health. Good policies that promote equity have a better chance." 

-Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization

"It is not good enough to say you know about poverty. You have to live it."

-Ngozi Okono-Iweala, finance minister of Nigeria 

The Guardian: Global Development

MDG : Global Development Future

MDG : Angola Blog : Severe drought in south west Angola

What is International Development?

According to USLegal, international or global development refers to the development of greater quality of life for humans. Generally, it is used in a holistic and multi-disciplinary context of human development. The concept covers foreign aid, governance, health care, education, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environment and issues associated with these. International development projects may consist of a single, transformative project to address a specific problem or a series of projects targeted at several aspects of society.

This guide is geared to anyone interested in learning more about international development, or for anyone looking to inform themselves about global issues. 

Human Development Index (HDI)

This map shows Human Development Index (HDI) for 169 countries in the World.

Update for 2011

What is Human Development Index?

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standard of living for countries worldwide. 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, where greater is better.

How is Human Development Index calculated?

The Human Development Index (HDI) measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development:

  • Health is measured by life expectancy at birth.
  • Knowledge is measured by a combination of the adult literacy rate and the combined primary, secondary, and tertiary gross enrolment ratio.
  • Standard of living by GDP per capita (PPP US$).

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Emilie Songolo
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This guide was created and maintained by Kirstie Yu, with the support of Emilie Songolo.