Thursday, November 4, 2010

[EQ] Human Development Report 2010 - The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development

Human Development Report 2010 —20th Anniversary Edition

The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – November 4th, 2010

Available online PDF [236p.] at:

…..The first Human Development Report in 1990 opened with the simply stated premise that has guided all subsequent Reports:
“People are the real wealth of a nation.”
 By backing up this assertion with an abundance of empirical data and a new way of thinking about and measuring development, the Human Development Report has had a profound impact on development policies around the world. …”

This year’s Report celebrates the contributions of the human development approach, which is as relevant as ever to making sense of our changing world and finding ways to improve people’s well-being. Indeed, human development is an evolving idea—not a fixed, static set of precepts—and as the world changes, analytical tools and concepts evolve. So this Report is also about how the human development approach can adjust to meet the challenges of the new millennium….”

“………Addressing these issues requires new tools. In this Report we introduce three measures to the HDR family of indices—the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the Gender Inequality Index and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (for definitions of basic terms used in the Report, see box 1).

These state-of-the-art measures incorporate recent advances in theory and measurement and support the centrality of inequality and poverty in the human development framework. We introduce these experimental series with the intention of stimulating reasoned public debate beyond the traditional focus on aggregates.

Today’s challenges also require a new policy outlook. While there are no silver bullets or magic potions for human development, some policy implications are clear. First, we cannot assume that future development will mimic past advances: opportunities today and in the future are greater in many respects.
Second, varied experiences and specific contexts preclude overarching policy prescriptions and point towards more general principles and guidelines.
Third, major new challenges must be addressed—most prominently, climate change.

Many challenges lie ahead. Some are related to policy: development policies must be based on the local context and sound overarching principles; numerous problems go beyond the capacity of individual states and require democratically accountable global institutions.

There are also implications for research: deeper analysis of the surprisingly weak relationship between economic growth and improvements in health and education and careful consideration of how the multidimensionality of development objectives affects development thinking are just two examples…”


Download Summary [2,860 KB]

·         Complete report [11,178 KB]

·         Foreword, Acknowledgments and Contents [240 KB] Introduction by Amartya Sen

·         Overview [119 KB]

·         Chapter 1 - Reaffirming human development [362 KB]

·         Chapter 2 - The advance of people [6,143 KB]

·         Chapter 3 - Diverse paths to progress [551 KB]

·         Chapter 4 - Good things don’t always come together [620 KB]

·         Chapter 5 - Innovations in measuring inequality and poverty [2,061 KB]

·         Chapter 6 - The agenda beyond 2010 [560 KB]

·         Notes and Bibliography [302 KB]

·         Readers guide [87 KB]

·         Human development statistical tables [644 KB]

·         Technical notes [339 KB]

Press Releases

·         2010 Human Development Report: 40-year Trends Analysis Shows Poor Countries Making Faster Development Gains [2,337 KB]

·         2010 Human Development Report: Innovative new measurements chart impact of poverty, gender, inequality [1,818 KB]

·         UNDP Releases 2010 Human Development Index [1,388 KB]

·         Build Your Own Index: UNDP provides free web access to 40 years of data [200 KB]

·         Human Development Report: Education drives Africa development gains over 40 years [203 KB]

·         2010 Human Development Report: Asian countries lead development progress over 40 years [263 KB]

·         Human Development Report: Five Arab countries among top leaders in long-term development gains [205 KB]

·         2010 Human Development Report: Latin America and Caribbean approaching EU, US levels in life expectancy, school [768 KB]

·         2010 Human Development Report: Eastern Europe and Central Asia found highly ‘equitable’, but life expectancy declines slow area’s long-term development progress [205 KB

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