Tom Usher wrote or added | Hugo Chavez doesn't get much credit for successes but is blamed for private sector and opposition state and municipal abuses. He's blamed for clamping down on media that was directly involved in a treasonous coup and also favorable to the overturned dictatorship. Keep these things in mind when reading mainstream American "news" propaganda.
Venezuela is one of "the countries that has made most progress toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals. It has also brought about a major reduction in the disparity between the groups at the extremes of income distribution, to the point that the country now reports the lowest Gini coefficient in Latin America, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
"In addition, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Venezuela moved from having a medium level of human development in 2008 to joining the group of countries with a high level of human development in 2009."