नवम्बर 17, 2023
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Unveiling Inequalities: Insights from the 2024 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report


The 2024 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report provides an assessment of the state of human development in Asia and the Pacific and policy pathways to “make it happen”.

Drawing on the latest data and evidence from the World Inequality Database (WID), Chapter 1 of the report highlights persistent inequalities between and within countries.

  • The richest 10% in the Asia Pacific region consistently control more than half of the total income.
  • The countries with the highest income inequality (as measured by the income share of the top 10%) are the Maldives, India, Thailand, and The Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • In recent decades, there has been a worrying decline in the income share for the bottom 50 of the population, especially since 2000, and increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top.


Since 2019, the World Inequality Lab (WIL) has contributed to a series of milestone reports by the United Nations Development Program, strengthening collaboration between institutions to advance research and policy.

Nitin Kumar Bharti, research coordinator for South and Southeast Asia at the WIL and contributor to the report, said:

“In recent years, the WIL has led efforts to develop distributional national accounts, which provide more accurate estimates of inequality at the top of the distribution and allow for cross-country comparisons. The concepts and methods have allowed us to draw a more accurate picture for Asia and the Pacific in the context of this UNDP 2024 report”.


To download the report, click here.



  • Nitin Kumar Bharti, South and South East Asia coordinator: nitin-kumar.bharti[at]psemail.eu
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