Human Development, Poverty and Children

Human development – beyond per capita income, through health and education, to enabling productive, creative and autonomous lives – has long been a core theme for the department and our present strength and reputation in this field is due mainly to two research groups: the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and Young Lives.

ODID faculty have participated in design, methodology and research for the UNDP's flagship Human Development Report since its foundation in 1990. Building human capabilities necessarily starts with children, so the department also has a tradition of research collaboration with UNICEF.

Our research in this area draws on the pioneering work of Paul Streeten (QEH Director 1971–1978) and Frances Stewart (Director 1994–2004). Research on poverty and vulnerability is also carried out by the International Growth Centre (IGC).

In the media
Teaching maths using real world data: a Young Lives collaboration with Oxfam
Young Lives
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative
Building universal social policy in the south
Intra-household decision-making: does religiosity matter?
Home and school contributions to cognitive skill formation and the effect of early stimulation int...
Consumption and social enterprise in a context of poverty, Morro da Cruz, Brazil
'Times have changed for real': children and youth and social change in central Rwanda...
Mobility and segregation of the indigenous population in Mexico


Sabina Alkire
Director, OPHI, and Associate Professor
Bridget Azubuike
Quantitative Research Assistant, Young Lives
Liza Benny
Quantitative Research Assistant, Young Lives
Jo Boyden
Professor of International Development and Director, Young Lives
Kristine Briones
Quantitative Research Assistant, Young Lives
Grace Chang
Quantitative Research Assistant, Young Lives
Gina Crivello
Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Richard Dolan
Research Student
Paul Dornan
Senior Policy Officer, Young Lives


23 Mar, 2017
New article co-authored by Sabina Alkire explores changes in multidimensional poverty over time in 34 countries
13 Mar, 2017
OAS and OPHI sign Joint Declaration on multidimensional poverty
04 Jan, 2017
OPHI to host Amartya Sen for lecture on ‘Democracy and Social Decisions’
19 Oct, 2016
World Bank to launch new way of measuring poverty using OPHI's ‘multidimensional’ approach
07 Oct, 2016
Congratulations to President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on award of Nobel Peace Prize
20 Sep, 2016
OPHI to Organise High-Level Side Event at UN General Assembly on Poverty Measurement for SDGs
31 Aug, 2016
Young Lives conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender 8-9 September
31 Aug, 2016
Honduras launches Multidimensional Poverty Index drawing on OPHI methodology
11 Aug, 2016
International Youth Day: 'How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind'
08 Jun, 2016
OPHI’s 2016 MPI release pinpoints Africa’s ‘runaway’ successes, underlines remaining poverty challenges


22 Nov, 2016
'Boys in Telangana, AP consume more nutritious food than girls'. Young Lives research features in Deccan Chronicle
12 Sep, 2016
'Ethiopia’s young men: Between hope and a hard place'. Young Lives research features in New Internationalist magazine
09 Sep, 2016
'Girls’ diverging pathways to marriage'. Read an essay by Gina Crivello on
24 May, 2016
The best books to challenge our assumptions about raising children. Jo Boyden interviewed by Five Books
16 Oct, 2014
'Can stunting be reversed? Yes, and Peru is showing us how'. Andreas Georgiadis writes for the Guardian