Human Development Index-Districts Report is out: Transition to Human from Consumer

Human Development Index-Districts (HDI-Districts) 2017 Report is out.

Human Development Index-Districts (HDI-Districts) Report, issued for supporting human development in Districts by INGEV and its results are announced.

This year’s main theme is “Transition to Human from Consumer”.

Human Development Indexes have been released on a country basis since 1990 by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Human Development Index, measured by dealing with income per capita, life expectancy at birth and rates of literacy and schooling is aiming to measure not economic growth alone but also health and education data and to compare countries.

Local governments and micro implementations grow in importance.

Human Development Index aims at directing human development on a local level. Today, localization is growing increasingly and local policy instruments affecting human development is becoming diversified. Effective use of these instruments by local governments on a micro scale and other sharers, especially centralized governments, supporting these instruments play a great role in increasing life quality. INGEV pays attention to the administrable variables that may affect daily life.

Human Development Report and Index cover 186 Districts.

Human Development Index-Districts, also known as HDI-D, report covers 186 districts with the highest population in metropolitan cities. The scope of districts has been enlarged compared to the 2016 report.

The data set consists of 65 factors measuring human development on a district level and of “secret citizen study”.

HDI, consisting of components of social, economic and environmental factors on a district level, shows objective charts relating to demographic structure, education, health, social life, social inclusion and participation, governance, economic capacity, income and consumption status, environment, infrastructure, and transport. The data was acknowledged by examining local governance activity report in depth and consists of centralized statistics. Additionally, “secret citizen” study was enlarged in 2017 report. And a total number of 19 citizens applied to the municipals and answering levels were included in the index.

The results are grouped into four main categories: 30 districts are in Very High Human Development category.

In HDI-D, districts are grouped into four main categories; Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development and Low Human Development. 30 districts are in the Very High Human Development in 2017 report. 18 districts were in this category in 2016 report. The districts that are in the Very High Human Development (Green) category are as follows:

As well as Total Human Development Index, the study includes 8 sub-indexes.

Along with the Human Development Index, making up the total results, 8 sub-indexes which are of great importance in guiding local governance activities were published. These are Governance and Transparency, Social Inclusion, Economic Status, Education, Health, Social Life, and Environmental Performance.

The top five districts in these indexes are as follows:

HDI-D Municipal Environmental Performance and Transportation

A rise in the number of the districts that are covered in this year, exclusion of some of the districts that were included in the index last year, enrichment of the number of variables, and the performance of the districts led to some changes in the district rankings compared to last year.

Districts that moved one category up and one category down are as follows:


The study is conducted by the same project team for the last two years.

2017 report was conducted by the same project team as it was last year. The project team, run by INGEV Chairman Vural Çakır’s support was coordinated and written by İstanbul University Prof. Dr. Murat Şeker. The project team included Çağla Bakış, Barış Dizeci and INGEV experts for the statistic analyses.

The report will be out as an e-book bearing the titleTransition to Human from Consumer”

HDI-D report will be brought into use as an e-book. The report’s title this year is Transition to Human from Consumer. The theme is about diminishing absolute poverty which is UN’s number one Sustainable Development Goal.


INGEV Foundation is established in efforts to contribute human development in Turkey. INGEV’s objectives, in cooperation with relevant state institutions, local authorities, multi-national cooperation, universities and private sector; are to become a reference guide and primary source with regards to human development in our country; to present guiding opinions and suggestions to political decision-makers through researches and reports; and to support human development along with innovative implementation projects.

INGEV, in all its endeavors, functions in a transparent, accountable and participatory sense; with a nonpartisan attitude and in order to fulfill the needs of human development in Turkey, INGEV acts with a social responsibility that aims to improve mutual agreement with related parties.


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