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.

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.

04 March 2015 | Selim Jahan

A concept is always broader than any of its proposed measures. Any suggested measure for any concept cannot fully capture the richness, the breadth and the depth of the concept itself. This is true of the notion of human development as well.

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.

03 February 2015 | Selim Jahan

From a human development perspective, work, rather than jobs or employment is the relevant concept.

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.

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.

03 December 2014 | Stephen Hawking

As a theoretical physicist I understand very well the concept of vulnerability: there is little in the cosmos that is not susceptible to harm. Even the very universe itself may someday come to an end.

Data Revolution
07 November 2014 | Selim Jahan

A World That Counts, the report by the UN Secretary General’s Data Revolution Group, was released yesterday.