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.

05 April 2016 | Nohra Padilla, Director of the National Association of Recyclers (Colombia) and recipient of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize.

The Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development have drawn attention to the world’s 20 million recyclers.

18 March 2016 | Natalia Linou and Jon Hall are policy specialists in, respectively, UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development team and the Human Development Report Office.

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.

18 March 2016 | Selim Jahan and Tanni Mukhopadhyay

The global record on gender equality remains mixed with progress on many fronts, but gaps remaining in others.

17 March 2016 | 2015 Human Development Report

Paid parental leave is one of the most important benefits of flexibility extended to working parents, especially when mandatory paternity leave policies are implemented.

15 March 2016 | HDRO Research Team

The Human Development Report, 2015 highlights a contradiction: it is care work mostly undertaken by women - that makes possible much of the paid work that drives the market economy.

08 March 2016 | Leymah Gbowee, Peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner

Just like women’s invisible work in the household, women’s work in community building and conflict resolution, which has significant human development implications, often goes unacknowledged.

02 February 2016 | Robert Reich, Former United States Secretary of Labor

The argument voiced in the late 19th century over alleged “freedom of contract” was that any deal between employees and workers was perfectly fine if both sides voluntarily agreed to it. - So workers were worth no more than the wages they could command in the labour market.

18 January 2016 | By Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the 2015 Human Development Report

The 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) considers major changes in the world of work, affecting when, how, and where people work.

22 December 2015 | Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary-General

Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people.

Helen Clark at HDR2015 launch
15 December 2015 | Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

I am delighted to welcome you to the launch of the 2015 Human Development Report. UNDP expresses its profound gratitude to Ethiopia for hosting this launch, and for His Excellency the Prime Minister’s presence here with us today to give the keynote speech and launch the report.