Human Development Report 2019 Acknowledgements

Producing a Human Development Report is truly a collective endeavour. It reflects the formal and informal contributions of many people and institutions. What ultimately is included in these pages cannot fully capture the richness of ideas, interactions, partnerships, and collaborations associated with the effort. These acknowledgements are an imperfect attempt at recognizing those who generously gave their time and energy to help produce the 2019 Human Development Report—with apologies for the many that contributed and that we have failed to include here. As authors, we hope that the content lives up to the outstanding contributions that were received and that the Report adds to what the UN General Assembly has recognized as “an independent intellectual exercise” that has become “an important tool for raising awareness about human development around the world.”


Our first word of thanks goes to the members of our Advisory Board, energetically led by Thomas Piketty and Tharman Shanmugaratnam in their Co-Chair roles. The other members of the Advisory Board were Olu Ajakaiye, Kaushik Basu, Haroon Bhorat, Francisco Ferreira, Janet C. Gornick, David Grusky, Ravi Kanbur, Enrico Letta, Chunling Li, Nora Lustig, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Njuguna Ndung’u and Frances Stewart.


Complementing the advice from our Advisory Board, the Report’s Statistical Advisory Panel provided guidance on several methodological and data aspects of the Report, in particular related to the calculation of the Report’s human development indices. We are grateful to all the panel members: Oliver Chinganya, Albina A. Chuwa, Ludgarde Coppens, Marc Fleurbaey, Marie Haldorson, Friedrich Huebler, Dean Mitchell Jolliffe, Yemi Kale, Steven Kapsos, Robert Kirkpatrick, Jaya Krishnakumar, Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Max Roser and Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva.


Many others provided generous suggestions without any formal advisory role, including Sabina Alkire, Sudhir Anand, Amar Battacharya, Sarah Cliffe, Miles Corak, Angus Deaton, Shanta Devarajan, Vitor Gaspar,Carol Graham, Kenneth Harttgen, Homi Kharas, Michèle Lamont, Santiago Levy, Ako Muto, Ambar Nayaran, Alex Reid, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo, Paul Segal, Amartya Sen, Juan Somavia, Yukio Takasu, Senoe Torgerson and Michael Woolcock.


Appreciation is also extended for the written contributions by Lucas Chancel and our colleagues at the World Inequality Lab, who contributed chapter 3 of the Report. Boxes and spotlights were contributed by Elizabeth Anderson, Michelle Bachelet, Bas van Bavel, David Coady, James Foster, Nora Lustig, Ben Philips, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. Background papers and written inputs were prepared by Fabrizio Bernardi, Dirk Bezemer, Matthew Brunwasser, Martha Chen, Sirianne Dahlum, Olivier Fiala, Valpy FitzGerald, James K. Galbraith, Jayati Ghosh, John Helliwell, Martin Hilbert, Patrick Kabanda, Emmanuel Letouze, Juliana Martínez, Håvard Mokleiv, José Antonio Ocampo, Gudrun Østby, Inaki Permanyer, Ilze Plavgo, Siri Aas Rustad, Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Anya Schiffrin, Jeroen P.J.M. Smits, Eric Uslaner, Kevin Watkins and Martijn van Zomeren. We are thankful to all of them.


A number of consultations with thematic and regional experts were held between March and September 2019, including in Beirut, Bonn, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Doha, Geneva, Marrakech, Nairobi, Nursultan, Paris, Rabat and Tokyo. For their inputs during these con- sultations, we are especially grateful to Touhami Abdelkhalek, Touhami Abi, Hala Abou Ali, Laura Addati, Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi, Asmaa Al Fadala, Abdulrazak Al-Faris, Najla Ali Murad, Facundo Alvaredo, Yassamin Ansari, Kuralay Baibatyrova, Alikhan Baimenov, Radhika Balakrishnan, Carlotta Balestra, Luis Beccaria, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Roberto Bissio, Thomas Blanchet, Sachin Chaturvedi, Alexander Chubrik, Paulo Esteves, Elyas Felfoul, Cristina Gallach, Amory Gethin, Sherine Ghoneim, Liana Ghukasyan, Manuel Glave, Xavier Godinot, Heba Handoussa, Gonzalo Hernández-Licona, Ameena Hussain, Hatem Jemmali, Fahmida Khatun, Alex Klemm, Paul Krugman, Nevena Kulic, Christoph Lakner, Tomas de Lara, Eric Livny, Paul Makdisi, Gordana Matkovic, Rodrigo Márquez, Roxana Maurizio, Marco Mira, Cielo Morales, Salvatore Morelli, Rabie Nasr, Heba Nassar, Andrea Villarreal Ojeda, Chukwuka Onyekwena, Andrea Ordonez, Magued Osman, Mónica Pachón, Emel Memiş Parmaksiz, Maha El Rabbat, Racha Ramadan, Hala El Saeed, Ouedraogo Sayouba, Sherine Shawky, André de Mello e Souza, Paul Stubbs, Hamid Tijani, René Mauricio Valdés, Peter Van de Ven, Ngu Wah Win, Xu Xiuli, Cai Yiping, Sabina Ymeri and Stephen Younger. Further support was also extended by other individuals who are too numerous to mention here (consultations are listed at http:// hdr.undp.org/en/towards-hdr-2019). Contributions, support and assistance from partnering institutions, including UNDP regional bureaus and country offices, are also acknowledged with much gratitude.


The Report also benefited from peer reviews of each chapter by Paul Anand, Carlos Rodriguez Castelan, Lidia Ceriani, Daniele Checchi, Megan Cole, Danny Dorling, Csaba Feher, Oliver Fiala, Maura Francese, Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Leonard Goff, Didier Jacobs, Silpa Kaza, Jeni Klugman, Anirudh Krishna, Benoit Laplante, Max Lawson, Marc Morgan, Teresa Munzi, Brian Nolan, Zachary Parolin, Kate E. Pickett, Sanjay Reddy, Pascal Saint- Amans, Robert Seamans, Nicholas Short and Marina Mendes Tavares.


We are grateful to many colleagues in the United Nations family that supported the preparation of the report by hosting consultations or providing comments and advice. They include Prosper Tanyaradzwa Muwengwa, Thokozile Ruzvidzo and Saurabh Sinha from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); Alberto Arenas, Alicia Bárcena, Mario Cimoli and Nunzia Saporito from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Khalid Abu-Ismail, Oussama Safa and Niranjan Sarangi from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); Roger Gomis, Damian Grimshaw, Stefan Kühn and Perin Sekerler from the International Labor Organization (ILO); Astra Bonini, Hoi Wai Jackie Cheng, Elliott Harris, Ivo Havinga, Marcelo Lafleur, Shantanu Mukherjee, Marta Roig, Michael Smedes and Wenyan Yang from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); Manos Antoninis, Bilal Fouad Barakat and Anna Cristina D’Addio from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Lakshmi Narasimhan Balaji, Laurence Chandy and Mark Hereward from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Shams Banihani, Jorge Chediek and Xiaojun Grace Wang from the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC); Paul Ladd from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Rachel Gisselquist, Carlos Gradin and Kunal Sen from the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU- WIDER); Margaret Carroll and Emma Morley from the UN Volunteers (UNV); Shruti Majumdar, Shahrashoub Razavi and Silke Staab from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); and Theadora Swift Koller from the World Health Organization (WHO).


Many colleagues in UNDP provided advice and encouragement. Luis Felipe López- Calva, Michele Candotti, Joseph D’Cruz and Abdoulaye Mar Dieye gave guidance not only on the content of the Report but also towards the evolution of the Human Development Report Office over the coming years. We are grateful, in addition, to Marcel Alers, Fernando Aramayo, Gabriela Catterberg, Valerie Cliff, Esuna Dugarova, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Almudena Fernández, Cassie Flynn, Stephen Gold, Nicole Igloi, Boyan Konstantinov, Raquel Lagunas, Marcela Meléndez, Ruben Mercado, Ernesto Pérez, Kenroy Roach, Renata Rubian, Narue Shiki, Ben Slay, Mourad Wahba, Douglas Webb, Haoliang Xu and Diego Zavaleta.


We were fortunate to have the support of talented interns—Farheen Ghaffar, Michael Gottschalk, Xiao Huang, Sneha Kaul and Adrian Pearl—and fact-checkers—Jeremy Marand, Tobias Schillings and Emilia Toczydlowska.


The Human Development Report Office also extends its sincere gratitude to the Republic of Korea for its financial contribution. Their ongoing support and dedication to development research and this Report is much appreciated.


We are grateful for the highly professional editing and layout by a team at Communications Development Incorporated—led by Bruce Ross-Larson, with Joe Caponio, Nick Moschovakis, Christopher Trott and Elaine Wilson.


We are, to conclude, extremely grateful to the UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner for always challenging us to aim higher, while giving us the space to be bold. He called for a Report that would speak to the public, to policymakers and to experts—because that is the only way to advance the cause of human development. We hope we have lived up to those expectations.