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Human Development Indicators  

The objective of human development is to increase the options open to people and improve their quality of life. Governmental and non-state actors work to achieve this goal by implementing diverse development initiatives at the international, national and local level.

The construction of schools is one of many measures to promote human development.
Source: Tump 2008
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Human development initiatives are a lengthy and complex process that requires learning from successes and failure along the development trajectory. Issues such as lack of Food Security, HIV/AIDS and natural disasters and other impacts of climate change can hinder or even reverse efforts made at the national and international level to improve the livelihoods of people in developing countries.

To ensure that development initiatives are effective, it is important to measure a country's human development status and compare it internationally. To meet this purpose, different indicators and indices have been elaborated. The most widely used index is certainly the Human Development Index (HDI), measuring:




Explore the sub-basins of the Kunene River

Video Interviews about the integrated and transboundary management of the Kunene River basin

View a historical timeline of the Kunene basin countries, including water agreements & infrastructure

Video scenes about the limited access to water of the San in Kunene Province