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.

27 July 2015 | Jan Vandemoortele

Conceptually, the development agenda is becoming more holistic. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contain more areas of concern. The process has seen more participation and consultation, compared with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

23 July 2015 | René Mauricio Valdés, Ph.D. UN Resident Coordinator in Argentina

All societies have people to care for and care-givers. An ability to meet care needs is critical to national well-being. Although there are different ways of organizing care activities, most of them are still undertaken by family members, mostly women and girls whose labor is usually unpaid.

15 July 2015 | UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore

Deep shifts in economies, societies and the environment are changing the way citizens worldwide live, work and interact.[1] These changes also affect the public sector, which in 2013 employed over 110 million people worldwide.[2] Although much of the thinking on how public s

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.