Human Development in Your Pocket

Read this very interesting article on the new App of the Human Development Report Office, download it and learn more about human development and HDRO: http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-your-pocket Photo: HDRO

A Hindu-Muslim Friendship That Helped Shape How the World Measured Poverty

One half of a friendship: Amartya Sen, the renowned Indian economist and a Nobel Prize winner, at a meeting in Brazil, 2012.  They were two young men studying at Cambridge University when they met in the wake of the bloody Partition of British India. One was a Kashmiri-born Muslim and the other a Hindu-born Bengali. But the two, Mahbub ul Haq of Pakistan and Amartya Sen from India, soon formed an intellectual bond and deep friendship. “It was an autumn morning in early October 1953 and Mahbub — elegantly attired (indeed I would say, nattily dressed) — was walking rapidly down King’s Parade on his way to the first lecture of the term by the redoubtable economist Joan Robinson,” Sen recalled in 1998, speaking at a memorial service for Haq, who had died that year at 64. “I was also going ther...

Multidimensional poverty and its assessment found their place in the 2030 Agenda

Adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development at the World Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the world leaders have recognized that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. From a human development perspective, we welcome the 2030 Agenda, and all national and international discussions, debates and dialogues about the multidimensional nature of poverty. Especially we welcome initiatives to include measures of multidimensional poverty into the list of indicators that will help monitor and track achievements in eradication of all forms of poverty. The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) has always been at the forefront in complementing the traditional m...

Education in an Uncertain World

Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people. But as technological progress accelerated, education failed to keep pace, leaving vast numbers of people struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world and contributing to widespread suffering. It took a century for public policy to respond with an effort to provide universal access to schooling. In recent decades, remarkable strides have been made toward realizing that ambition worldwide. But in an era when technological innovation is once again outpacing education, the effort to provide everybody with an opportunity to learn must not only be redoubled; it must also be retooled for an increasingly unstable and volatile world. Access to education ...

Youth: A Thematic Guidance Note

Find out more about National Human Development Reports with Guidance notes! This note should be read in conjunction with the Regional/National Human Development Report Toolkit. It could also be read alongside one of several useful reports on meaningful youth participation, such as this one from UNICEF. While the toolkit provides general guidance on preparing a Regional or National Human Development Report, this note gives some specific suggestions on how to approach the issue of youth as a topic for such a report. This note was prepared by the Human Development Report Office at UNDP. Christina Hackmann was the lead author.  nhdr_guidance_note_youth_2.pdf Photo: Cover of the Youth Guidance Note This guidance note was originally published by HDRO.

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