HDialogue

How has Human Development contributed and influenced the international debate? What are the challenges ahead? Development leaders reflect on these issues in a special series of the HDialogue blog.

10 June 2015 | Professor Akihiko Tanaka

Human security has played a significant role in the global development discourse since the term was introduced in the 1994 Human Development Report. Nowhere more so than

Street Vendor
12 May 2015 | Jean-Pierre Cling, Mireille Razafindrakoto and François Roubaud

Informal employment – informality - is everywhere in the developing world. Although it provides badly needed jobs for the poor, it harms workers’ protection, earning predictability and social benefits. It also reduces the tax base.

HD Tree
21 April 2015 | Eleonore Fournier-Tombs

Edward Tufte, author of the Visual Display of Quantitative Information, writes that “The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.” And so it is with statistics and visualizations.

Birth registration
14 April 2015 | Lene Mikkelsen, Alan Lopez and David Phillips

In developed societies we take it for granted that all children are registered at birth and that all people are registered when they die with a medically assigned cause of death.

Dignity
31 March 2015 | Dr. Juan Somavia

In today’s world defending the dignity of work is a constant uphill struggle. Prevailing economic thinking sees work as a cost of production, which in a global economy has to be as low as possible in order to be competitive.

Coffee
20 March 2015 | Jon Hall and Shivani Nayyar

Today, 20 March, is the International Day of Happiness. There is a growing body of literature on the impacts that many facets of human development have on people’s subjective wellbeing, and vice versa. This post explores some of what we know about the links between happiness and work.

UN Women 2015
16 March 2015 | Jeni Klugman

A starting point of the upcoming global Human Development Report (HDR) is that work is intrinsically linked to human development. One’s ability to choose whether to seek a paid job, and what type of work to do, is an important expression of agency, and so fundamental to human development.

UNDP Mongolia
19 February 2015 | HDRO Outreach

2015 marks 25 years since the first Human Development Report introduced a new approach for advancing human flourishing. And while the expression “human development” is widely used, it is understood in different ways around the world.

Sunrise
07 January 2015 | Jon Hall and John Helliwell

We start by wishing readers a Happy New Year. We continue by asking you to reflect on what this means. Because happiness can be different things to different people.

War-Peace
16 December 2014 | Des Gasper and Oscar A. Gómez

Insecurity is inherent to human life. And this world of insecurities is full of incoherence: during the most intense part of the war in Iraq after 2003, many more people died from tobacco than from bombs.