United Nations Development Programme


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Blog post

20 Dec 2017

Among the various drivers of risk in the world today, two stand out: climate change and rapidly rising levels of inequality. While each by itself has serious consequences for achieving development goals, their convergence has become a subject of heightened attention.

The convening of...


25 Oct 2017

Effective and inspirational labs exist in many highly developed countries. In Western Europe, MindLab (Denmark) and The Behavioural Insights Team (UK) push their governments to re-imagine public services. In Asia, the Innovation Bureau in Seoul, South Korea, co-designs better services with citizens.

However, this...

Research report

4 Nov 2011

The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Bold action is needed on both...

Research report

8 Nov 2010

Measuring life expectancy and literacy, as well as national income, the Human Development Index emphasizes the primacy of people in any measure of development.

A central objective of the HDR for the past 20 years has been to emphasize that development is primarily and...

Research report

9 Oct 2009

Migration not infrequently gets a bad press, especially in times of recession. This report seeks to broaden and rebalance perceptions of migration to reflect a complex and highly variable reality.

This report applyies a human development approach to the study of migration. It discusses...

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