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).

In the media
03 Jan, 2018
Nepal launches new Multidimensional Poverty Index developed with OPHI
18 Dec, 2017
New article by Marta Favara explores link between mothers' group participation and child development
31 Oct, 2017
Sabina Alkire delivers WIDER Annual Lecture
31 Oct, 2017
Young Lives wins funding for comparative study of child marriage and parenthood in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Zambia
12 Oct, 2017
First Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report launched
09 Oct, 2017
New Young Lives paper explores children’s experiences of violence
29 Aug, 2017
Young Lives to launch 2016-17 school survey findings
24 Aug, 2017
Costa Rica launches world's first 'Business MPI'
10 Jul, 2017
New article by Padmini Iyer and Rhiannon Moore examines how Young Lives conceptualise, measure learning quality
21 Jun, 2017
Podcast of James Ferguson's Olof Palme Lecture now available


10 Jun, 2013
‘To be young and poor: the crisis of development’. Adil Hossain writes for The Guardian