Academic and other associations in related fields

The Human Development & Capability Association gathered the names of academics and associations working on human development on a list, you can access it by clicking on the link below: Web links   Photo: Human Development & Capability Association

Haq, Sen and Nussbaum Lecture Series

Click on the link and access three very interesting lecture series on human development on the website of the Human Development & Capability Association: Haq, Sen and Nussbaum Lecture Series   Photo: Human Development & Capability Association


Explore this online mapping on a broad range of issues essential for the well-being of New Yorkers created by Measure of America: https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=107*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~sch_enrol_cd_112~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~median_household_income_puma_397~median_personal_earnings_puma_400~dis_y_perc_puma_102~poverty_ceo_cd_417~unemployment_cd_408~pre_k_cd_107!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#10/40.8273/-73.9586 Photo: DATA2GO.NYC

Introductory reading list

This introductory reading list by the Human Development & Capability Association provides a good overview of the human development approach: Introductory reading list Photo: Human Development & Capability Association

Opportunity Index 2015

The Opportunity Index, developed by Measure of America and Opportunity Nation, uses 16 indicators to measure opportunities in every American state. Click on the link below to explore it: Opportunity Index 2015

The Well-O-Meter™

You want to measure your own Human Development Level? Use Well-O-Meter and click on the link below to begin: The Well-O-Meter™

Make Not Wasting a way of life

This video by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations looks at the sources of food waste and the amount of food lost and shares potential solutions to the problem. “Hunger is still one of the most urgent development challenges, yet the world is producing more than enough food. Recovering just half of what is lost or wasted could feed the world alone. The FAO-led Save Food initiative is partnering with international organizations, the private sector and civil society to enable food systems to reduce food loss and waste in both the developing and the industrialized world.” Watch the video on the YouTube channel of the FAO.

Leading our children to a safer Internet, from preschool to high school

Have a look at this very interesting article by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  and learn more about how internet can be made safer for children: https://www.unodc.org/dohadeclaration/en/news/2018/02/leading-our-children-to-a-safer-internet–from-preschool-to-high-school.html

The Pursuit of Happiness: paying greater attention to Mental Health

Sunday marks the United Nations’ 5th International Day of Happiness. Few people are against the pursuit of happiness, but many argue that governments – and international organisations for that matter – have no business in setting happiness as a public policy goal. And yet leaders around the world, from France to Japan, Italy to Qatar, are increasingly paying attention to it. Bhutan has long advocated for the use of a Gross National Happiness Index to provide a fuller assessment of national development progress than what is captured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while the US Surgeon General sees happiness as a part of the country’s public health agenda.   Economists and statisticians recognise that measuring happiness – or subjective wellbeing as it’s more accurately called – ...

A Caring Economy: What role for government?

This article by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’, explores the role governments can play in helping produce a fairer deal for women when it comes to care work. “In economics we are taught that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Even if something appears to be free, there are always costs – to you and/or society. What is striking is that mainstream economists fail to recognize that this applies just as much to the lunch that has been prepared out of love by your mother, as it does to the unappetising conference sandwiches that cost you your entire day at an academic seminar.” Read more from the article on Duncan Green’s blog “From Poverty to Power”.  

Long Journey To Peace

Cambodia sets its sights on finally being free of landmines Tong Try remembers how, in the first years of his life, his father would polish his sky-blue moped out front of their flat in Phnom Penh. Now in his 50s, he can still hear the satisfying purr of the moped when idling, and taste the balut duck eggs his father would bring back from the market. That happy memory is from before more than 30 years of violence in Cambodia—civil war, foreign bombing, the Khmer Rouge regime, and ongoing conflict from 1979-1998, when warring factions laid an estimated 4 million to 6 million landmines around the country. Boyhood photo of Tong Try Tong Try is coordinator of the Mine Action Unit at UNDP Cambodia. © UNDP / Paul VanDeCarr Over a million mines have been cleared by the government, and many others...

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...

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