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).

22 Apr, 2015
Frances Stewart to Speak on Inequality at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival
04 Mar, 2015
OPHI and Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network Host Side Event at UN
07 Jan, 2015
New Blog Post: Paul Dornan Outlines Key Findings from Young Lives in 2014
07 Jan, 2015
OPHI: World's Poorest People Don't Always Live Where You'd Expect
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