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12 December 2019
The global launch of the 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) took place on Monday, 9 December, in Bogota, Colombia. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner joined Colombian President Iván Duque to present the report, entitled “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century.” The Administrator said that...
08 December 2019
Christina Lengfelder is a Research Analyst at the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at UNDP and Margaret Carroll is a Policy Specialist at United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Unlike mainstream economics, the human development approach considers an agent as someone who generates change through action, instead of someone who acts on the behalf of...
01 October 2019
In a recent piece of research, I and others looked at impacts of a large-scale self-help program in Northern India. According to one estimate over 80 million women have taken part in such programs in India alone. This huge uptake raises some important questions. Why are these programs attractive to the women who take part? Are they effective at...
26 September 2019
Three strategies by which volunteering can make a greater contribution to reducing human development inequalities were identified during the expert seminar that was jointly organized by the Human Development Report Office and UN Volunteers on 4th September in New York.  Addressing the ‘unequalizing aspects’ of volunteer work by redistributing its...
19 September 2019
Since its inception in 1990, the Human Development Report has turned the spotlight on wider disparities that affect people’s lives, the opportunities they enjoy, and the development prospects of their countries. Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach, the foundation stone of the HDR, emphasises a broader metric than monetary poverty for measuring...
19 September 2019
The inclusion of the Leave No One Behind (LNOB) principle in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 was a landmark decision. It seeks to ensure that the 2030 goals are achieved by all segments of society and that those furthest behind will be reached first. This requires a clear policy focus on the most deprived and marginalized. This event –...
16 September 2019
On 16 September, the Human Development Report Office invited Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, for an enriching discussion on addressing inequalities in recognition and self-worth. Prof. Lamont’s presentation drew attention to...