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11 May 2018
The number of composite indices that are constructed and used internationally is growing very fast; but whilst the complexity of quantitative techniques has increased dramatically, the education and training in this area have been dragging and lagging behind. As a consequence, these simple numbers, expected to synthesize quite complex issues, are...
02 May 2018
On February 6th, a Forbes list identified the 10 richest “Bitcoin billionaires”. By the time the list went online, most on the list were not billionaires anymore. While cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin being the best known, have recently caught everyone’s attention, this piece looks at the underlying blockchain technology, and how it might revolutionize...
13 March 2018
The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) convened 12 international experts from academia and research institutes in New York on 12-13 February 2018 for a two-day meeting to discuss human development measurements and the way forward. Led and facilitated by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office, and Milorad Kovacevic, Chief...
07 March 2018
Our choices and opportunities, from childhood to older-age, accumulate over the life course. Breaking patterns of inequality requires us to consider the full cycle of life and identify critical intervention periods and cumulative deprivations. Children who do not have access to early childhood education may not learn as efficiently later. Youth...
27 February 2018
Sabina Alkire is the Director of OPHI and Selim Jahan is the Director of HDRO, UNDP Poverty is multidimensional and goes beyond income deprivations. The measurement of multidimensional poverty serves as a complement to traditional income poverty measures, and focuses on the lived experiences of the poor — the many overlapping dimensions in which...
13 February 2018
The Dominican Republic is a fast-growing economy with an average growth rate of around 5%, above the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) average of 2% over the last 10 years. In 2014 it moved up in human development category, from medium to high human development. Despite these changes, the DR has shown little progress in some key indicators of...
29 January 2018
It is no secret that the world’s population is ageing. As fertility declines and life expectancy increases, the proportion of older people is projected to grow across the world. Therefore, it is increasingly important to develop metrics that assess the effectiveness of policies and programmes affecting older people. The 2002 Madrid International...