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).

10 Mar, 2014
Philippine Government Adopts Poverty Measure Based on Alkire Foster Method
10 Mar, 2014
Podcast of Kevin Watkins Lecture on Education and the MDGs Now Online
05 Mar, 2014
New Blog Post: Frances Stewart on Why Happiness Is Not a Good Measure of Progress
13 Feb, 2014
New Book: Decolonizing Global Mental Health by China Mills
07 Feb, 2014
New Blog Post: Kirrily Pells Discusses Female Genital Mutilation
24 Jan, 2014
New Young Lives Special Issue on School Quality
15 Jan, 2014
OPHI Director Discusses Multidimensional Poverty on Voice of Russia
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