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15 September 2017
This year’s International Day of Democracy calls for more inclusive institutions and civic participation to promote peace and stability. This focus is very much aligned with the 2016 Human Development Report ‘Human Development for Everyone,’ which calls for governments and multilateral organizations to encourage universal civil participation and...
08 September 2017
Selim Jahan's, HDRO Director, keynote speech at the Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association in Cape Town, South Africa . Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me start with a simple statement: every human being counts and every human life is equally valuable. That universalism is at the core of the human...
06 September 2017
Throughout history, cities have been the main centres of learning, culture and innovation. It is not surprising that the world's most urban countries tend to be the richest and have the highest human development. Ongoing rapid urbanisation has the potential to improve the well-being of societies. Although only around half the world’s people live...
29 August 2017
I am pleased to announce changes to HDRO’s visibility online with the rollout of a revamped website. Last year HDRO set out a new web and digital strategy with the objective to diversify our digital products and services, and reach wider audiences. These strategic alignments resulted in increased growth of our digital audiences. We introduced...
01 August 2017
In a recent dialogue, members of civil society and governments explored the practical and political steps to leave no one behind through the experiences of those who are excluded. Sarah, a 16-year-old from Chicago, USA, asked the decision makers around the table how it was possible that she and her siblings were abandoned and suffered physical...
25 July 2017
Spent time lately working on your long-term financial plan? Thought strategically about your career, the skills you need to learn and the contacts you need to make? No? You are not alone. To procrastinate, even ignoring important life matters, is human nature. Ask me how hard it was to get down to writing this article – on procrastination!...
11 July 2017
The human development approach has long emphasized the importance of good health as a constitutive element that is both of intrinsic and instrumental value for an individual’s ability to thrive. Today, on the UN’s World Population Day, as global attention turns to the issue of family planning, it is important to underline the importance of safe...