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Number 070 - February 29, 2012 - For subscribers only

The Human Development Index 

Dear Fatemeh Poormassoum,
The title of today's newsletter may be somewhat misleading for some of our readers. To clarify this, the Human Development Index from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a statistic of great importance for world market research: it ranks 187 countries by the level of human development. In simple terms, this means quality of life or standard of living in each country.

This great research work is a composite where life expectancy, literacy, education, income and other variables are compared for most of the United Nations member countries, which are ranked and classified into four groups. Here is the link to the UNDP where you can view the HDI 2011 Rankings, as well as all the basic data and trends for each country, by clicking on its name.

The Human Development Index has been published each year since 1990, together with the corresponding Human Development Report. They were introduced by the UNDP as an alternative to traditional measures of national development such as income level and rate of economic growth. The idea was to have a broader measure of the well-being for each country analyzed, including health, education and income of the population.

All the reports and data have been published online and are available for free download in several languages. This is a true treasure of international market research. There is also a very interesting graphic showing the Regional and National Trends in the HDI between years 1980 and 2011, called HDI Trends.

Look around at the UNDP website and you will find lots of information about the 187 countries covered in the measurements. There is one variable that is not included and that we consider important to include today in any quality of life analysis and it is the Internet Penetration in each country. In 1990, when the HDI reports started, the Internet did not exist as we know it today. But in 2012, Internet is part of our daily life and is directly related to quality of life, education, work, entertainment and well-being. In the next newsletter we will have this information for you, as well as our comments about the effect of the Internet upon Human Development.

Best personal regards,

Enrique de Argaez, CEO
Miniwatts Marketing Group
Miniwatts de Colombia Ltda.
www.internetworldstats.com

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