16 October 2013: Gustav Ranis 1929-2013
The staff and friends of the UNDP Human Development Report Office are saddened to note the passing this week of Gustav Ranis, a seminal contributor to the Human Development Reports and to the philosophy of human development the guides the Reports. Gustav Ranis worked on the first Human Development Report in 1990 and served as a valued advisor to the Human Development Report Office ever since. He was the longtime Director of the Yale University Center for International and Area Studies.
Inside Costa Rica: Costa Rica’s democracy threatened by lack of participation; concerns high over corruption and discrimination: report
Despite the high level of human development in Costa Rica, exclusion and discrimination are rampant in the country, where nearly half of people say they have felt discriminated against at some point, according to a report published by the United Nations yesterday. The National Human Development Report 2013, entitled “Learning to live together: Coexistence and Human Development in Costa Rica,” said that Costa Rica is ranked 62 in terms of human development among 187 countries.
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Voice of Sikkim (India): Human Development Report 2013 – ‘We need change in mindset and improvement in work culture’
The main message of the Sikkim Human Development Report 2013 was presented today at the Advisory Council Meet organized at Manan Bhawan, Gangtok. The function was organized by Human Development Report Cell, Government of Sikkim. Sikkim Human Development Report 2013 has been prepared under the overall guidance of the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling.
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Jamaica Observer: Returning to those dark days of brutal murders
For decades Jamaica has struggled with this pernicious problem of crime. Successive governments and their national security ministers have been pilloried for their failure to tame this monster. The Caribbean Human Development Report 2012, prepared by the United Nations Development Programme, has told us that crime costs Jamaica more than $529 million a year in lost income.
Brisbane Times (Australia): Healthy, wealthy, but Australians could be happier
Australia has had a stellar year in global economic comparisons. We've just been ranked No.1 in the world for median adult wealth by Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Report. That follows a No.2 ranking behind Norway on the United Nations Human Development Index, which rates countries according to income, health and education. [...] But has our wealth and health made us happier than others?
The Interpreter (Australia): What the 'great convergence' means for people's lives
Is economic growth in emerging economies being matched by advances in human development? Former New Zealand prime minister and current UN Development Programme head Helen Clark thinks so. In a speech in Sydney last week she said: "These trends in emerging economies are contributing to a process of convergence in levels of human development between North and South – reflecting the faster growth in GDP per capita and the increased health and education provision in countries of the South."
El Confidencial (España): ¿Deben los países desarrollados seguir ayudando a los emergentes?
¿Deben los países desarrollados seguir ayudando a los emergentes?[...] Los emergentes, sin embargo, comienzan a ser potencias en términos absolutos, pero manteniendo grandes desigualdades y con enormes bolsas de pobreza. India, por ejemplo, ya es la novena economía del mundo, pero todavía ocupa el puesto 136º en el Índice de Desarrollo Humano (IDH), por detrás de Marruecos, Guatemala o Irak.
Comité Olímpico Español: Río contará con una zona portuaria revitalizada con Barcelona de modelo
La zona portuaria de Río de Janeiro, que actualmente tiene un Índice de Desarrollo Humano inferior al de África Subsahariana, estará totalmente revitalizada en 2016, cuando la ciudad organizará los Juegos Olímpicos, gracias a una reforma que tiene al puerto de Barcelona como modelo.
The Economist: Bolsa Família turns ten
On October 20th Bolsa Família, the flagship anti-poverty programme launched by the former president, Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva (2003-10), in 2003 celebrated its tenth birthday. This came amid criticism over the programme's limited long-term impact on human capital development and on offering a permanent way out of poverty, something that requires better education and training.
United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation: Global South-South Development Expo
The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) is the FIRST EVER Expo solely from the South and for the South. It showcases successful Southern-grown development solutions (SDSs) to address the need to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).