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 Dec, 2014
New Blog Post: Frances Stewart Writes on Securing Commitment to SDGs
02 Dec, 2014
Nigerian Newspaper This Day Live Publishes Article on OPHI's Global MPI 2014
19 Nov, 2014
New Blog Post: Johanna Wallin on Carrying Out MPhil Fieldwork in Kolkata's Red Light Areas
13 Nov, 2014
DPhil Mihika Chatterjee Publishes Article on Food Security in Indian District in Economic and Political Weekly
12 Nov, 2014
NYT Features Foundation Set up By DPhil Shrochis Karki To Help Poorer Students in Nepal into Further Education
06 Oct, 2014
Young Lives Produces Key Stage 2 Maths Teaching Resources with Oxfam
30 Sep, 2014
High-level Panel at UN Makes Case for Multidimensional Poverty Measure
11 Sep, 2014
New Book: Growing Up in Poverty: Findings from Young Lives
26 Aug, 2014
New Blog: Sabina Alkire on OPHI Summer School 2014
18 Aug, 2014
Costa Rica, Honduras and Dominican Republic Announce Plans to Develop MPIs