A Snapshot of Jamaica’s Human Development, Lots to Consider!

For the past nine years, the UN’s have invented  a multi-dimensional metric that reflects a measure of well being beyond GDP.

The three key components are:

  • Life Expectancy
  • Adult Literacy
  • Purchasing Power Parity

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Overall, Jamaica is  ranked 100th. out of the 182 counties considered.

The top ten countries listed on the index are: Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.

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The United States ranks 13th, down one spot from last year.

The finding on how we compare with the rest  of the Caribbean was most revealing.

  • Barbados  – 37
  • Cuba   – 51
  • Bahamas – 52
  • St. Kitts – 62
  • Trinidad & Tobago – 64
  • St. Lucia – 69
  • Grenada – 74
  • Dominican Republic – 90
  • St. Vincent – 94
  • Jamaica  – 100
  • Guyana – 114
  • Haita – 149

Click to get UN’s Report on Jamaica

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The other major component tracked is mobility. This is a major factor in the prosperity of a nation.

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Here is an executive summary of the UN’s findings.

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The Take aways from the UN  gurus are as follows:

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  • Mobility has the potential to enhance human development among movers, stayers and the majority of those in destination places.
  • However, processes and outcomes can be adverse, and there is scope for significant improvements in policies and institutions.
  • We present an ambitious long-term agenda for capturing the large unrealized gains.
  • Bold and committed leadership now can make a huge difference for the lives of millions of people

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You are given the privilege of giving feedback to the Prime minister about this finding. What would you say to him?