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LatinNews Daily - 22 November 2019

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In brief: Peru’s HDI grows but inequalities persist

* Francisco Santa Cruz, the coordinator at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Peru, has reported that Peru’s Human Development Index (HDI) registered an accumulated increase of 60% between 2003 and 2019, which represents an average growth of 3% per year. However, Santa Cruz said that behind this growth significant gaps persist. He cited “territorial differences conditioned by three factors: altitude, population concentration, and productive structure”. Santa Cruz said the district aspect allows the influence of altitude to be identified in a much greater proportion than the provincial aspect. He noted that “the [Peruvian] state has begun to respond to these challenges in order to counteract the adverse effect of altitude”.