What is human development?

Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people’s freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live.

It is often measured by looking at a country's health (life expectancy at birth,)  adult literacy rates, and gross domestic product as a snapshot of development status.  

The 2016 Human Development Report from the United Nations makes available the HDI of nearly every country in the world, classified as low, medium, high, very high in terms of human development.  If you want to look up a country's HDI, click here.