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Human Dev Index: Bangladesh ranks 129 out of 191 countries

A woman with her health card, which allows her to access government health services in Korail slum, Dhaka. Photo: Lucy Milmo/DFID/Wikimedia

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A woman with her health card, which allows her to access government health services in Korail slum, Dhaka. Photo: Lucy Milmo/DFID/Wikimedia

Bangladesh ranked 129th out of 191 countries in this year’s Human Development Index, according to the Human Development Report 2021-22 released by UNDP yesterday.

In the previous report published in 2020, Bangladesh ranked 133 out of 189 countries.

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Nazneen Ahmed, Country Economist at UNDP Bangladesh, said: “Bangladesh’s progress is promising. Because, according to this report, there has been a decline in human development globally. The world is currently in the same position as in 2016 in terms of human development, mainly because of the Covid pandemic.

“Bangladesh has made progress in this aspect. One of the main reasons for Bangladesh’s progress is the increase in national income… But inequality is increasing in Bangladesh and if it continues, it will be impossible to sustain this progress.”

According to the report, Bangladesh was ranked 135th out of 185 countries in the world in 2019.

In 2018, Bangladesh was ranked 136th in the Global Human Development Index.

According to this year’s report, the human development situation in Bangladesh is moderate.

Among South Asian countries, the Maldives ranks 90th, Bhutan 127th, India 131st, Nepal 143rd, Pakistan 161st and Afghanistan 180th.

Switzerland, Norway and Iceland retain the top spot in the index. On the other hand, South Sudan, Chad and Niger are at the back of the pack.

The index was created by analyzing data on public health, education and income to highlight people’s progress.