A street in Roseau, the capital of Dominica

A street in Roseau, the capital of Dominica

Dominica has been ranked ninth among CARICOM countries in human development, according to statistics released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The annual Human Development Index (HDI) ranking is worked out by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income in 187 countries around the globe.

Then it is used as a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

Globally Dominica was ranked at 93, in the report which was released in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

According to the document, Dominica’s Human Development Index (HDI) value stands at 0.717 with life expectancy at 77.7.

Dominica’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is US$9,234.74, according to the report.

The GNI for the Bahamas, which ranked number one in CARICOM countries, is US$21,414.27.

In terms of the HDI ranking, Dominica is doing better than just four CARICOM countries: Jamaica (96), St. Lucia (97), Suriname (100), Guyana (121).

Below is the full ranking of CARICOM countries, with global ranking in brackets:

1.The Bahamas (51)
2.Barbados (59)
3.Antigua and Barbuda (61)
4.Trinidad and Tobago (64)
5.St. Kitts and Nevis (73)
6.Grenada, 79;
7.Belize (84)
8.St. Vincent and the Grenadines (91)
9.Dominica (93)
10.Jamaica (96)
11.St. Lucia (97)
12.Suriname (100)
13.Guyana (121)

In the report the top five countries ranked in terms of the HDI are Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and the US.

The bottom five in this ranking are Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Chad and Sierra Leone.

Overall, the report paints a bleak picture of human development around the globe, noting that there has been a slow down over the past few years.

According to the report the slowdown in human development is a result of the lingering global economic crisis that has caused a dip in income growth in Europe, Arab countries, and Central Asia.

Natural disasters and conflicts have also caused a dent in the improvement of human development, the report said.