From Progress to Promise: UNDP Hails India’s Human Development Index

The UNDP report acknowledges India's steadfast commitment to women's empowerment, citing policy initiatives aimed at fostering long-term socio-economic and political development.

Syed Hassan Kazim
New Update
UNDP India

In the latest report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India's human development index has showcased remarkable progress. The report highlights significant improvements across various key indicators, indicating a positive trajectory towards inclusive growth and development.


Elevating Life Expectancy and Economic Prosperity


In 2022, India's average life expectancy surged to 67.7 years, demonstrating a notable increase from the previous year's 62.7 years. Concurrently, the country's gross national income (GNI) per capita experienced a commendable upswing, reaching $6951. These advancements underscore India's evolving socio-economic landscape and its unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.


Advancing on the Human Development Index (HDI)


India's Human Development Index (HDI) score for 2022 stood at 0.644, marking an improvement from the previous year. This progress propelled India to rank 134 out of 193 countries, placing it in the 'medium human development' category. Notably, India's HDI score has shown a positive trajectory, witnessing an increase of 48.4 percent since 1990, reflecting sustained development efforts over the years.


Breaking Gender Barriers


A notable achievement highlighted in the report is India's strides in reducing gender inequality. With a Gender Inequality Index (GII) value of 0.437, India surpassed both the global and South Asian averages, signifying significant progress in empowering women and ensuring gender parity. However, persisting challenges such as the substantial gender gap in the labor force participation rate underscore the need for continued efforts to address gender disparities.


Government Commitment to Women's Empowerment


The UNDP report acknowledges India's steadfast commitment to women's empowerment, citing policy initiatives aimed at fostering long-term socio-economic and political development. Government-led programs spanning various stages of women's lifecycles, including education, skill development, entrepreneurship facilitation, and workplace safety, have contributed to advancing gender equality and fostering inclusive growth.


Navigating Global Challenges

Despite India's commendable progress, the report also underscores the global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated inequalities and hindered progress towards achieving sustainable development goals. The pandemic-induced crisis has led to a decline in global HDI values for the second consecutive year, highlighting the urgent need for concerted efforts to address the widening development gap between rich and poor nations.


Call for Collective Action


As the world grapples with the repercussions of the pandemic, the UNDP report calls for renewed cooperation and collective action to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and advance global development agendas. It emphasizes the importance of leveraging interdependence and mobilizing resources to address shared challenges and ensure equitable and sustainable development for all.


Towards a Brighter Future


While India has made significant strides in human development, there is still room for improvement. By prioritizing inclusive policies, investing in education, healthcare, and gender equality, India can further accelerate its progress towards achieving sustainable and inclusive development, paving the way for a brighter and more equitable future for its citizens.