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Global Human Development Index Report 2022

  • Context (TH | TOI | HT): India climbed one spot on the global Human Development Index (HDI) for the year 2022.

About the Global Human Development Index (HDI) Report 2022

  • HDI: It is a composite index that measures average achievement in human development, considering four indicators.
    • Life expectancy at birth.
    • Expected years of schooling.
    • Mean years of schooling.
    • Gross national income (GNI).
  • Published by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Title: Breaking the gridlock: Reimagining cooperation in a polarised world.
  • India’s status in HDI: Placed in the medium human development category.
  • Rank: 134 (2022) out of 193 countries (Earlier 135 (2021)).
  • Top ranking country: Switzerland.
  • Comparison with neighboring countries: Both Sri Lanka (78) and China (75) are in the High Human Development category.
    • India ranks lower than Bhutan, placed 125th, and Bangladesh, which is at the 129th position.
  • Positives: In 2022, India’s HDI indicators improved in all areas.
    • Life expectancy increased from 67.2 to 67.7 years.
    • Expected years of schooling rose to 12.6.
    • Mean years of schooling went up to 6.57.
    • GNI per capita also increased from $6,542 to $6,951.
  • India’s first state-level human development index was brought out by Madhya Pradesh in 1995.

Other Key Findings

Gender inequality

  • India demonstrated progress in reducing gender inequality, with a value of 0.437 that is better than the global and South Asian averages.
  • It now ranks 108 out of 166 countries in the gender inequality index (GII) 2022.
  • The country’s reproductive health performance is better than that of other countries in the medium human development group or South Asia.
  • India’s adolescent birth rate in 2022 was 16.3 (births per 1,000 women ages 15-19), an improvement from 17.1 in 2021.
  • Challenges: India also has one of the largest gender gaps in the labour force participation rate, with a 47.8% difference between women (28.3%) and men (76.1%)


  • The report says that inequality across the world is rising again. After 20 years of convergence, the gap between the richest and poorest countries has started to widen from 2020.
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