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 1968–1978) and Frances Stewart (Director 1994–2004). Research on poverty and vulnerability is also carried out by the International Growth Centre (IGC).

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Teaching maths using real world data: a Young Lives collaboration with Oxfam
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Young Lives
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Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative
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Building universal social policy in the south
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Intra-household decision-making: does religiosity matter?
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Home and school contributions to cognitive skill formation and the effect of early stimulation int...
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Consumption and social enterprise in a context of poverty, Morro da Cruz, Brazil
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'Times have changed for real': children and youth and social change in central Rwanda...
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Mobility and segregation of the indigenous population in Mexico
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Sabina Alkire
Director, OPHI, and Associate Professor
Victoria Baines
Visiting Fellow
Gina Crivello
Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Vyoma Dhar Sharma
Research Student
Jakob Tonda Dirksen
Research Assistant, OPHI
Richard Dolan
Research Student
Marta Favara
Deputy Director, Young Lives at Work, and Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Maria Franco Gavonel
Research Student
Ross Jennings
Research Officer, OPHI

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23 Nov, 2020
COVID deepens inequalities for poorest young people in developing countries, research shows
09 Nov, 2020
New donation for OPHI research into links between poverty and the environment
A woman in mask stands in front of a screen presenting the vulnerability index
15 Oct, 2020
Honduras pilot project strengthens transparency in fight against COVID vulnerability
12 Aug, 2020
Initial findings from Young Lives at Work’s Phone Survey now published
16 Jul, 2020
Progress against multidimensional poverty at risk, 2020 global MPI shows
01 Jul, 2020
Andy McKay joins ODID as new Director of Young Lives
15 May, 2020
2020 BMI Prize awarded to Sabina Alkire 
06 Apr, 2020
Young Lives publish new open access book on child marriage
10 Mar, 2020
Young Lives awarded £9.4 million to continue research into children and youth
26 Feb, 2020
OPHI, UNDP offer new MOOC on designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index

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22 Aug, 2020
'Hunger, lost income and increased anxiety: how coronavirus lockdowns put huge pressure on young people around the world'. Marta Favara, Alan Sanches, Catherine Porter and Douglas Scott write for the Conversation
29 Jul, 2020
'Keeping Poverty Reduction Front and Center'. Juan Manuel Santos and Sabina Alkire write for Project Syndicate on the need to seize the opportunity presented by the pandemic to build a more inclusive and sustainable world
20 Jul, 2020
'COVID-19, Lockdowns, and Africa’s Informal Sector: Lessons from Ghana'. Elvis Avenyo and colleagues explore how the lockdown might affect the performance of informal enterprises in two urban areas of Ghana in a new UNU Merit Working Paper
19 Jul, 2020
'Coronavirus could reverse a decade of progress in reducing global poverty levels, UN study suggests'. The Independent writes about the 2020 global MPI from OPHI and the UNDP and COVID-19
02 Jun, 2020
'History tells us coronavirus pandemic could lead to global reduction in poverty, Oxford academic says'. Sabina Alkire interviewed by the Independent
30 May, 2020
'How Colonialism and Austerity Are Shaping Africa’s Response to the Coronavirus'. Simukai Chigudu is interviewed by Jacobin magazine
18 May, 2020
'Coming of age in the time of coronavirus: young lives and families in low- and middle-income countries'. Gina Crivello draws on the findings of Young Lives' Young Marriage and Parenthood study and the implications of COVID-19
22 Apr, 2020
'Distress deepens in Indian villages, worsening economic pain'. Professor Nikita Sud speaks to Bloomberg about rural unemployment in India in light of migrants' return to their villages
17 Apr, 2020
'Mobile immobility: Circular migrants in India during the pandemic'. Former ODID DPhil Indrajit Roy explains how exclusion of migrant workers in India is endemic, and how the lockdown has rendered their situation even more precarious
17 Apr, 2020
'Nearly 60 million of India’s poor most vulnerable'. Sabina Alkire and Christian Oldiges spoke to Hindustan Times about the high risk of the pandemic to India's most poor

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