Sri Lanka’s Human Development Index (HDI) has progressively increased up to 0.659 in 2010 compared to 0.513 in 1980.
This increase is mainly due to favourable social indicators of literacy and life expectancy.
Sri Lanka is also recorded to have a considerably high level of gender equality, with a GII of 0.599.
While this shows high levels of gender equality, especially regarding maternal health standards and educational opportunities for women, there are several areas including the labour force participation and parliamentary representation for women, in which Sri Lanka is still lagging.
The 25th anniversary issue of the Human Development Report titled The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development - will be launched globally today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who helped devise the HDI for the first Human Development Report in 1990, together with the late economist Mahbub ul Haq, the series founder.