The Human Development Awards Programme offers highly visible incentives to reward and catalyze the production of higher quality and more influential regional, national and sub-national Human Development Reports (HDRs).
Organized every two years by the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) since 2000, the Awards Programme recognizes high-impact HDRs and the teams responsible for them through a widely publicized judging process and final Awards Ceremony.
The Human Development Awards are designed to:
In addition to the various Awards presented to regional, national, and sub-national HDR teams, each Human Development Awards Programme also includes the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development.
This Award was created to honour Mahbub ul Haq (1934-1998), the leading development thinker who pioneered the human development approach and founded the global Human Development Report. It is presented to a leading national, regional or world figure who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering HD understanding and progress.
The Mahbub ul Haq Award alternates between recognizing political leaders and civil society leaders. Recipients of this Award include: