A tale of two rankings

Why Singapore ranked No. 1 in the World Bank's Human Capital Index and among the bottom 10 in the Oxfam report on reducing inequality

A report last month by non-profit organisation Oxfam International, which ranked Singapore among the bottom 10 countries in the world - 149th out of 157 - at tackling the gap between the rich and the poor, raised many eyebrows here and even drew sharp rebuttals from the Government.

But just two days later, another report, this time by the World Bank, put Singapore in first place worldwide for human capital development.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2018, with the headline 'A tale of two rankings'. Subscribe