What Are Development Indicators?

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Development indicators show the progress that has been made in a particular area, such as health, education or gender equality. Development indicators are represented by indexes and are useful tools for meeting development objectives.

Development indicators are used to show a country’s progress in a certain area and how it compares to that of nearby countries. The United Nations is one organization that uses development indicators as part of its work across the globe. The UN set Millennium Development Goals (MDG) at the turn of the century, and development indicators help measure performance over a period of time. The UN uses data from many different sources so that development indicators can accurately portray the situation on the ground.