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).

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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
Jo Boyden
Professor of International Development and Director, Young Lives
Kristine Briones
Research Analyst, Young Lives
Gina Crivello
Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Richard Dolan
Research Student
Marta Favara
Senior Research Officer, Young Lives
Katherine Ford
Policy Officer, Young Lives
Maria Franco Gavonel
Research Student
Hayley Jones
Research Student

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28 Nov, 2018
Juan Manuel Santos launches Visiting Professorship with public lecture, informal meetings
13 Nov, 2018
New article co-authored by Nandini Gooptu explores skill formation and gender in an Indian context
25 Oct, 2018
Nobel Peace Laureate Juan Manuel Santos appointed Visiting Professor at ODID
20 Sep, 2018
Half of world’s poor are children, according to new OPHI/UNDP figures
15 Jun, 2018
Young Lives team runners up in 2018 OxTALENT awards for data visualizations
01 Mar, 2018
HDRO and OPHI unify global multidimensional poverty measures to better monitor progress on SDGs
27 Feb, 2018
New article co-authored by Masooda Bano explores family and school effects on religiosity in Pakistan
13 Feb, 2018
Young Lives publish new summative report on children's work
30 Jan, 2018
Young Lives release new data visualizations
23 Jan, 2018
New update of OPHI's global MPI shows 48% of people in Angola are poor

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21 Feb, 2018
'Understand the lives of youth in low-income countries'. Young Lives Director Jo Boyden co-authors comment piece as part of Nature collection on Adolescence
21 Jan, 2018
'Punishment won't stop teenage pregnancies in Tanzania because "bad behaviour" isn't the cause'. Kate Pincock writes for The Conversation
16 Jan, 2018
'Ability versus aspiration'. Young Lives findings on educational aspirations and school effectiveness survey cited in India ASER report
22 Nov, 2017
Zimbabwe's public health crisis. Simukai Chigudu interviewed on BBC World
11 Oct, 2017
'India's top court rules sex with an underage wife is rape'. Reuters cites Young Lives report analysing census data on child marriage
07 Sep, 2017
'Surviving without thriving – but all is not lost for the world's "stunted" children'. Young Lives research on stunting featured in the Guardian
27 Jul, 2017
'Lessons for the Universalization of Health Care in Emerging Economies'. Indrajit Roy participates in UNRISD-organised webinar
04 Jul, 2017
'Nearly half of the world’s poor are now children – that’s 689m young people'. DPhil Felip Roa-Clavijo writes for The Conversation
09 Jun, 2017
Child Marriages Rising in Urban India, Declining in Rural. The Wire highlights study by Young Lives India and India's National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
10 May, 2017
'Gender gap in secondary education: Domestic chores the largest contributor, says study'. Young Lives research featured in scroll.in

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