Quite a breakthrough to be able to measure quality of life, human wellbeing, equality and equity escaping a narrow outlook on GDP!
From a northern perspective I was pleasantly surprised to find such an eagerness to derive learning from high performers. It appears that the HDR contributes to peer-education amongst development nations. However, what puzzles me is the position of the North. There is very little reflection on what I would call the 'demise' of the Northern development paradigm. GDP even in Europe is no longer believed to bring well-being. Finland, a country with the best education system in the world, find themselves behind Hongkong and South-Korea in the Human Well-Being Index. High time to have UNDP set-up offices in European capitals and not just live of data supplied by western nations but also take into account some context here. It may alter the picture considerably.
My name is Reinier van Hoffen.
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Also find the text of a lecture Dr. Achterhuis held at the 2012 Bilderberg conference.