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).

09 Jan, 2014
Kevin Watkins of ODI to Give Talk on Challenges to Universal Education ahead of the MDGs on 6 March
21 Nov, 2013
Young Lives Shortlisted for Prestigious Civil Service Award
27 Sep, 2013
MPI Peer Network Holds Side Event at UN General Assembly
13 Aug, 2013
Young Lives Researchers Comment on World Youth Day
20 Jun, 2013
ODID's Proochista Ariana Wins Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award
11 Jun, 2013
Podcast of Amartya Sen Lecture Now Online
06 Jun, 2013
OPHI Launches Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
31 May, 2013
New Report Using Young Lives Research Shows Impact of Malnourishment on Children's Learning
16 May, 2013
Bill Gates Blog Mentions OPHI's Multidimensional Poverty Index
16 May, 2013
Podcast of Frances Stewart Talk Against Happiness! Now Online