The first Human Development Atlas Suriname was jointly produced by the General Bureau of Statistics of Suriname (ABS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Human Development Atlas uses data for time periods 2004-2006 and 2009-2010 and compares the development trends during these time periods. The Suriname Human Development Atlas uses district level data produced by the General Bureau of Statistics of Suriname and generated from available surveys such us Multiple Indicator Surveys for Suriname.
Data on Population, Human Development, Millennium Development Goals, and Crime and Violence are portrayed geographically at country and district level on the map of Suriname.
The Atlas is also meant to contribute towards strengthening awareness of the value and importance of data and statistics, and even more of the production of data and statistics disaggregated by Sex and Geography, and should also generate interest on issues related to human development.
Adequate Statistics are necessary for formulating policies, as well as for monitoring purposes and as such the Human Development Atlas certainly is a great asset to all involved in these activities, but also to all that want to find pertinent information about Suriname in one place.
Ultimately it should inspire more concerted efforts to address the continuing social and development deficits in Suriname.