Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South vs. Decay of Europe

Human Development Report 2013 / Credit: UNDP

Human Development Report 2013 / Credit: UNDP

With Europe sinking deep into a bitter financial and economic crisis that up to now can’t foresee viable routes for immediate recovery, it’s worth looking into what the South is doing lately in terms of development and one would be amazed of how much the global power balance has changed.

The complete 2013 Human Development Report has identified more than 40 countries that have done better than the initial forecasts in terms of human development, hence it puts forward the relevant good practices in achieving sustainable growth on the long term. I am just selecting one of the relevant highlights of this report: there is a clear positive correlation between past public investment in social and physical infrastructure and progress on the Human Development Index.

Europe as a whole should have a look into it before rethinking austerity and raising the already existing social angst.

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About Cristina Popa

Cristina is a WordPress blogger who regularly writes or shares updates on media, public affairs and various topics of interest. You may follow her on Communication for Development WP blog or Twitter @CristinaPopa0
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