Dominica ranks ninth in CARICOM on Human Development Index

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.

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46 Comments

  1. Fadi fayad
    February 5, 2018

    I proud that i been dominican

  2. canada
    August 1, 2014

    Not surprise at all. WE have so much to offer in DA and every morning ob G98.7 the station geared towards the Caribbean community here in Toronto is constantly promoting Dominica. The only time Ive heard Dominica mentioned is when is when the Dominican Canadian Association went in for the pledge for the flooding that occurred last year and that’s it. NO one is promoting the island. WHERE is our tourism minister, what is he doing??? St.Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados are constantly promoting their countries but not DA wake up the country has potential and that’s why I rather give back by visiting and spending in my country wake up.

  3. Preacher
    August 1, 2014

    I am just wondering what it was when UWP was in office
    It is just a blessing ,they will never be in power again

  4. IluvmyPm
    August 1, 2014

    Mervin Aaron and Alick how do u fellas sleep at night

  5. me
    July 31, 2014

    It’s good to see that opposition supporters believe an independent report.

  6. abroad
    July 31, 2014

    Not Surprise, while our seniors are struggling to have a good quality of life after working hard all their life and our youth are struggling to get employment the government is accepting new immigrants and overpopulating the island. There is so much opportunity for development but it seems like the government just cares about their pockets and lifestyle. Whats worse is having certain individual that are so fixed in their way that they cant envision bigger and better things. Not surprise at all.

  7. July 31, 2014

    Observing for a distance, my one pressing hope is for substantial improvement in the healthcare system. There seem to be a serious concern regarding incidents of cancer on the island that is not being address. What has the Ministry of Health done to discover and address the cause of cancer deaths on Dominica? I recently read online about the passing of 33 year old Aisha Mark. A life expectancy of 77.7 in a time of tremendous advances in healthcare is not acceptable. Too many folks I have known have passed on before reaching the age of 50.

  8. ?
    July 31, 2014

    yes i boy skerrit and your DLP
    thank you….hip hip hooray
    that is all you can give us after all your boasting of us doing better than how many caricom countries??????
    you are a LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    even Head of CARICOM on occasion…..look at your record
    9th place out of 13 CARICOM countries

    THAT IS YOUR RECORD THAT YOU BOAST OF FOR THE PARTY THAT YOU LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. real possie
    July 31, 2014

    I wonder what it looked like from 95 to 2000? but I guess it was better cause money was meeting money in those time, PM boy buck up. LOL. @ real possie too don’t let that one fly over your head hope you picked up the SARCASM. HAHAHAHA.

  10. Nature Spice
    July 31, 2014

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

    Is that really so because if you look at Jamaica’s data closely, they have provided more data on the indicators than Dominica, therefore the unavailable of certain data could mean that Dominica’s ranking could be lower.

    For example, if we take a look at the data that was not available for Dominica as compared to the data that was available for Jamaica could indicate that Dominica’s position could be worse if the data was available and included in the ranking.

    Indicators Dominica Jamaica
    Data Data
    Population in multidimensional poverty (%) N/A N/A
    Gender Inequality Index N/A 0.457
    Inequality-adjusted HDI (IHDI) N/A 0.579
    Employment to population ratio N/A 65.3
    Net migration rate (per 1000 population) N/A -5.8

    From the above data, we see that more indicators were measured for Jamaica and was included in their overall ranking, whereas the same data was not available for Dominica and could not be measured so was not part of Dominica’s rankings.

    But what really caught my eye is the data for certain indicators that were not available for Dominica which included, Poverty, Employment, Migration and Inequality.

    Is that a coincidence or the government could not make these data available because it would contradict their position on these indicators.

    One more observation, Dominica went down by 1 as compared to last year’s ranking (92) , therefore we are doing worse now than in previous ranking. The lower the country’s ranking, the better.

  11. Grand Bay Yard-fowl
    July 31, 2014

    Ko- ki-yo- ko!

    Only “CHANGE” will bring relief to the disaster we are about to experience with the Skerrit regime . Those who keep saying “I love my PM weee,” have more to lose because of their ignorance and tolerance in the governance of the country.

    What we have is a bunch of radicals who care less about the future of the children, and decide to rule by all means while they continue to get exceedingly wealthy @ the expense of the poor. I bet you that no other country in the OECS, or the Caribbean would tolerate what’s taking place in Dominica today.

    It seems like every Laborite only cares about their interests and to Hell with country. They accept the lies, deceits and corruption at the highest level. They allow a few despicable lawyers to control the police and judiciary, they are very happy with the continued victimization of their brothers and sisters who disagree with the governance of the country. Something is very wrong about the mentality of Dominicans.

  12. July 31, 2014

    Ko- ki-yo- ko!

    I told you so. Those who keep saying “I love my PM weee,” have more to lose because of their ignorance and tolerance in the governance of the country.

    What we have is a bunch of radicals who care less about the future of the children, and decide to rule by all means while they continue to get exceedingly wealthy @ the expense of the poor. I bet you that no other country in the OECS, or the Caribbean would tolerate what’s taking place in Dominica today.

    It seems like every Laborite only cares about their interests and to Hell with country. They accept the lies, deceits and corruption at the highest level. They allow a few despicable lawyers to control the police and judiciary, they are very happy with the continued victimization of their brothers and sisters who disagree with the governance of the country. Something is very wrong about the mentality of Dominicans.

  13. Mrs Duffy
    July 31, 2014

    Oh Dear! The P M keeps telling us that the island is doing well under his ministry; but how can this be true when all the indications confirm that our island is bottom of the barrel?

    People, if we love our country and our people we must stop the permanent demise of our country. And we can only do that by voting Skeritt and his merry men out of office.

    Please use your vote to save Dominica before it is too late to do so.

  14. %
    July 31, 2014

    Where on earth have you heard of a Hospital being closed down because of termite infestation? Maybe in a remote part of Africa? This should have been brought to the international press!!!! Well it occurred under Roosevelt Skerrit’s leadership as PM of poor Commonwealth of Dominica. So how then can our Human Development Index exceed that of our neighbours?. When we have a misfit governing the Ministry of Finance like Skerrit who described 0.5% growth as ROBUST, YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IF Skerrit really knows the meaning of robust. SHAME ON YOU SKERRIT!!! With our Foreign Direct Investment being one of the lowest in the region, how then can our Human Development Index compete with that of our neighbours? With the education system in limbo, what do we expect of our Human Development Index?. Can Petter Pepper even pronounce the word “student”?
    THE SOLUTION IS TO KICK THE SCAMPS OUT AT THE NEXT ELECTION!!!!!! THEY ARE A GANG OF NO GOODS!!!!!!
    THEY ARE LAZY, INCOMPETENT AND GREEDY!
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

    • real possie
      July 31, 2014

      @ % it’s statements like this that keeps UWP in opposition, may zor kay fou le electisore keeyay excuse my Creole LOL.

  15. Portsmouth Labourite
    July 31, 2014

    Boss this report is relative, who said Dominica is doing better than St Lucia… There are many factors they use to determine the Human Development Index of a country… People if you visited St Lucia you will wonder how they arrive at those conclusions… and St Vincent better off than Dominica… not literally… but I am not objecting to the report, just making my point :lol: :lol: :lol:

  16. Rebecca
    July 31, 2014

    Oh skerrit what are you and labor party doing to my country.you can try to fool us, but the eyes of our forefathers are watching

    • Mrs Duffy
      August 1, 2014

      Rebecca

      Skeritt is not doing anything that the greedy, selfish and corrupt Dominicans do not want. They are the ones who keep voting him in.

      The time is fast approaching when those terrible people will be asked to account for their contribution to the dire state of our country.

      Dominica is fast converting into a dictatorship. Even those cruel supporters will be affected when the transformation is complete.

  17. Dorival John
    July 31, 2014

    Labour Ka Twavay.

    I have never seen a bunch of foolish people in my entire life.

    SMH

    • abroad
      August 1, 2014

      You are either an illiterate or in denial

  18. D/can abroad
    July 31, 2014

    :cry: :cry:
    sad

  19. grell
    July 31, 2014

    You people really Skerro cares about you all,he is set for life with his millions in the us banks and off shore baks,no surprise to me, let the poor fools keep on looking @ his as god almighty.

  20. I LAUGH
    July 31, 2014

    I am not surprised at the ranking. I know that the economy is not doing well, because Skerrit is not being properly advised by his huge team of advisers.
    Skerrit my brother these are some of the things that your so called Labour Party supporters and advisers are not telling you:
    1. a delayed election is NOT working in your favour(since you are the government).
    2. Everyday people are leaving or defecting from the Labour Party.
    3. UWP votes are not going anywhere. They are just increasing.
    4. You just surrendered Roseau North to Danny Lugay. This is a seat that you could ILL AFFORD TO LOSE! Ahuge blunder, UWPites are laughing. This Lugay thing has been well used by the opposition to their GREAT ADVANTAGE! You blundered. Fire those who gave you the bad advice.
    5. UWP campaign is presently more effective than that of the Labour Party
    6. Interesting contests in traditional Labour strongholds are clear signs that many Labourites are now campaigning for UWP/ Team Dominica. What went wrong? Were they marginalised?
    7.When the people’s minds are made up, projects do not translate into votes.
    8. Election should have been held about 5 months ago. You would have been the winner. Presently i have doubts.
    9. Giving the opposition time to play with is political stupidity and ignorance.
    10. STILL WISH YOU WELL!!!!!

    • True Say
      July 31, 2014

      With friends like A. Astaphans…Skerrit does not need enemies.

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      July 31, 2014

      All the points are interesting. I strongly share your views with #4 and #8.

      • ah ha
        July 31, 2014

        Sorry sir…Danny Lugay given Roseau North? I think you have been listening to the wrong people

    • .
      July 31, 2014

      @ah ha Well my friend the way things are shaping for this cabal calling itself a Labour Party is like they are now cursed by God. The reason is obvious. Why would a party impoverish a people, reduce them to beggars, depending upon Red Clinic to eat, while they themselves are filthy rich?. You really expected that to last forever brother?. WELL YOU ARE DAM WICKED AND EVIL!!!
      The constituencies are falling one after the other.
      Linton was invited into the ring. HE IS THERE NOW!

  21. Gasparo Contarini
    July 31, 2014

    Skerrit, Skerrit u see what i tell u, u cannot develop human beings by giving them handouts, u have to create sustainable jobs, but u never listen to me. :mrgreen:

    • ()
      July 31, 2014

      My sentiments exactly. The list of those on social protection is growing more and more. Signs of a poor country.

    • ah ha
      July 31, 2014

      How About they develop themselves by staying in school. Give them jobs fine! What are the qualified to do? How much more developed you expect the country to be (irregardless of Party) if the people are generally uneducated?

      Just look at the level of spelling and grammar used on this site and the number of people here who justify and defend poor use of language… Change should begin with self…

      Lastly no offense to the opposition supporters but somehow I think you guys purposefully missed this part:

      “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.”

      • real possie
        July 31, 2014

        ah ha you to up let those people that think they so smart run their mouth they missed the issue as to why it slowed down I would not say a thing let people see how clever they are, but that’s what happen when people keep wanting bad to happen so they can get into power the last thing I will tell them the poor votes too so come election day the poor will speak now let me go listen to Hunter eh nicko 1st.

  22. anonymous2
    July 31, 2014

    If this place wants to move up in the standings it needs to get rid of all the poisoning processes that are going on on many levels.

  23. July 31, 2014

    Waypapa there we go again.Change is a must.

  24. who
    July 31, 2014

    fair and sobering report … its good response to all official apologists in the media. If you read report you can find that there are a lot of statistic information just missing such as poverty rate, HIV prevalence, unemployment data etc: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/DMA

    in reality situation is much more worse: high unemployment, no foreign investments, poor educational system (3.49% GDP education expenditure) and poor healthcare system…

  25. July 31, 2014

    I thought St. Lucia was doing better than Dominica in GNI, it needs alot of improvement in Dominica.

  26. budman
    July 31, 2014

    damn. second to last in the OECS.

    • ??????????????????
      July 31, 2014

      @budman Why are you surprised? This is how we have become after 14 years of cruelty.
      VOTE WISELY!
      SEND THEM PACKING.

  27. DA4real
    July 31, 2014

    A link to the report would add some credibility to that reporting.

    ADMIN: A link to the UN report is CLEARLY visible at the bottom of the story. Please look before commenting.

  28. Morihei Ueshiba
    July 31, 2014

    GRENADA TOURISM SURGING: A strong summer has led Grenada to a very strong first half of 2014: Not one cruise ship in Dominica for summer shame on skerro

    • HIM
      July 31, 2014

      @Morihei Ueshiba It is just pathetic that we have such an inmcompetent team of greedy men and women leading this nation. We seem to be last in everything that matters most to the country. In the meantime they were lying to us telling us that the economy was doing so well.

  29. %
    July 31, 2014

    With this corrupt, inept, insultive and vindictive government (The Labour Party) ruling this country, it is clear that the country does not have the ability to do well in anything relating to the way in which the people live. The widespread poverty on island is enough to know that we are the appendages of all the Caribbean countries.
    Meanwile the greedies in government are doing fantastically well.
    CHANGE IS A MUST
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

    • Sure
      July 31, 2014

      I guess another 10 more years. Sorry about that my friend.

      We are not ready for a UWP government.

      • .
        July 31, 2014

        @Sure Which ‘we’ are you talking about?. If you are sick, please find a doctor.
        WORKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      • ()
        July 31, 2014

        @Sure
        You lie is not 10 more years is 60 more years. Go around the place and shout ‘Skerrit Forever’! ‘Skerrit Forever’!
        Skerrit Forever’!

      • RASTA
        August 1, 2014

        @ Sure: Are SURE of what you are saying because no one is so convinced. ” Labor Ka Twavie.” It is only the ignorant, non ambitious and wicket ones who would dear to repeat such remarks. Dominica is sinking, Dominica is running down an extremely steep slope and we must it. They only way is to vote those guys who have made life so sweet for them while the majority of Dominicans are suffering. Where on earth have you ever heard of a man who built three homes within 14 years? Is he living in the same Dominica?

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