Review of conceptual and measurement innovations in national and regional Human Development Reports, 2010-2016

By Christina Lengfelder and Christelle Cazabat

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has published the global Human Development Report on an annual base since 1990. Apart from the global reports, a number of country and regional offices have published human development reports that aim at deepening the analysis of human development in a specific region or country. These detailed analyses often collect and calculate new or disaggregated data. Some reports explore new issues not taken up by the global reports or expand the analysis to new areas. As an update to Human Development Research Paper 2010/21, the present paper reviews conceptual and measurement innovations introduced by the national and regional Human Development Reports published from 2010 to 2016. It discovers a wealth of information that can be useful to policymakers, academics and other stakeholders seeking to foster human development around the world.