Second Conference on Measuring Human Progress

Human Development Report Office
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The Second Conference on Measuring Human Progress was organized by the Human Development Report Office on 4-5 March 2013 in New York. It brought together the leaders in the field of human development measurement at an international level, including Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi, amongst other prominent figures. The Conference aimed to discuss critical themes in human development measurement with the objective of better informing the development of such tools at UNDP and in other research institutions.

The Human Development Index (HDI) and its related indices (Inequality Adjusted HDI, Gender Inequality Index and Multidimensional Poverty Index) have emerged as the preeminent ranking system for measuring international development. The Human Development Report Office organized this meeting to consider how best to improve these indices: how can we make them conceptually stronger, more statistically robust and easier to use by policy makers, advocates and the media? The meeting played a major role in advancing UNDP’s thinking about human development measurement and a significant contribution to the growing international conversation about how best to measure progress.

Day 1
Welcome Opening Remarks by Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDP
Session 1: Assessing Human Progress Presentations
  James Foster, George Washington University
  Maurice Kugler, HDRO
  Peter Harper, Australian Bureau of Statistics
   Miguel Szekely, Institute for Innovation in Education, Mexico

Michaela Saisana, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy

  Shiva Kumar, National Advisory Council, India
Session 2: Going Beyond Income - Measuring Inequality Presentations
  Conchita D'Ambrosio, University of Milan - Bicocca
  Alan Fuchs, HDRO
  Branko Milanovic, World Bank, Washington, DC
   Pedro Conceicao, UNDP
   Carmen Herrero, University of Alicante, Spain
  Rafael Guerreiro Osorio, Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada (IPEA), Brazil
Session 3: Assessing the Gender Gap, or 'Penalizing' for Gender Inequalities? Presentations
  Stephan Klasen, University of Gottingen, Germany
Amie Gaye, HDRO
  Cheryl Doss, Yale University
Dzodzi Tsikata, Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana
Moazam Mahmood, ILO, Geneva
Eduardo Zambrano, Cal Poly, USA
Session 4: Measuring the Many Faces of Poverty Presentations
  Stephan Klasen, University of Gottingen
Milorad Kovacevic, HDRO
  Sabina Alkire, OPHI, Oxford University, UK
Gonzalo Hernandez Licona, CONEVAL, Mexico
George Molina Gray, UNDP
Day 2  
Session 5: Measurement, Policy-making

Keynote address: From Economic Growth to Human Development: the Power of Measurement - Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

Keynote address: Incorporating Sustainability in Measurements - Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris; Khalid Malik, HDRO

Panel: Measuring Human Progress

Moderator: Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDP

Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Jean-Paul Fitoussi and José Antonio Ocampo

Session 6: Moving Forward  

Keynote address: HD Measurement: Taking Stock and Moving Forward - Amartya Sen, Harvard University

Comments: Rehman Sobhan, Center for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka

Summary and Next Steps

Khalid Malik, HDRO


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