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Human Development
Report 2013
The Rise of the South:

Empowered lives.
Resilient nations.

Human Progress in a Diverse World

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Human Development Report 2013 team
Director and lead author
Khalid Malik

Research and statistics
Maurice Kugler (Head of Research), Milorad Kovacevic (Chief Statistician), Subhra Bhattacharjee, Astra Bonini, Cecilia Calderón, Alan Fuchs, Amie Gaye, Iana Konova, Arthur Minsat, Shivani Nayyar, José Pineda and Swarnim Waglé

Communications and publishing
William Orme (Chief of Communications), Botagoz Abdreyeva, Carlotta Aiello, Eleonore Fournier-Tombs, Jean-Yves Hamel, Scott Lewis and Samantha Wauchope

National Human Development Reports
Eva Jespersen (Deputy Director), Christina Hackmann, Jonathan Hall, Mary Ann Mwangi and Paola Pagliani

Operations and administration
Sarantuya Mend (Operations Manager), Ekaterina Berman, Diane Bouopda, Mamaye Gebretsadik and Fe Juarez-Shanahan

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Summary

Human Development Report 2013
The Rise of the South:
Human Progress in a Diverse World

Published for the
United Nations
Development
Programme
(UNDP)
Empowered lives.
Resilient nations.

Foreword
The 2013 Human Development Report, The
Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse
World, looks at the evolving geopolitics of our
times, examining emerging issues and trends
and also the new actors which are shaping the
development landscape.
The Report argues that the striking transformation of a large number of developing countries into dynamic major economies with
growing political influence is having a significant impact on human development progress. The Report notes that, over the last decade,
all countries accelerated their achievements in
the education, health, and income dimensions
as measured in the Human Development Index
(HDI)—to the extent that no country for
which data was available had a lower HDI value in 2012 than in 2000. As faster progress was recorded in lower HDI countries during this
period, there was notable convergence in HDI
values globally, although progress was uneven
within and between regions.
Looking specifically at countries which lifted
their HDI value substantially between 1990
and 2012 on both the income and non-income
dimensions of human development, the Report
examines the strategies which enabled them to
perform well. In this respect, the 2013 Report
makes a significant contribution to development thinking by describing specific drivers of development transformation and by suggesting
future policy priorities that could help sustain
such momentum.
By 2020, according to projections developed for this Report, the combined economic output of three leading developing countries
alone—Brazil, China and India—will surpass
the aggregate...
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