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For the eighth time, Norway tops the United Nations' Human Development Index, a guide to the best countries to live in. Life expectancy, average income, years of schooling, gender equality and political freedom are just some of the indicators used to determine the ranking.
The United States came in fourth, also behind Australia and New Zealand. Zimbabwe, a country Heifer works in, comes in at the very bottom of the 169 nations ranked, where it has been for the last five years.
Read more on the U.N. report here. It's worth it to dig down into the actual report: Particularly notable are Chapter 2, "The advance of people," which has a separate section on hunger, and Chapter 5, "Innovations in measuring inequality and poverty."


Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.