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).

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
24 Jul, 2014
Human Development Report 2014 Draws on Young Lives Research on Youth Vulnerabilities
09 Jul, 2014
Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network Brings Together Top Officials in Berlin
16 Jun, 2014
OPHI to Launch Global MPI 2014
06 Jun, 2014
OPHI Wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize
09 May, 2014
Young Lives Paper for UNDP HDRO Examines Youth Vulnerabilities in Life-course Transitions
25 Apr, 2014
Pakistan Signs Agreement to Develop National Multidimensional Poverty Index