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).

News
31 May, 2013
New Report Using Young Lives Research Shows Impact of Malnourishment on Children's Learning
16 May, 2013
Bill Gates Blog Mentions OPHI's Multidimensional Poverty Index
16 May, 2013
Podcast of Frances Stewart Talk Against Happiness! Now Online
10 May, 2013
BLOG: Paul Dornan on Inequality and the MDGs
09 May, 2013
ODID MPhil Student's Article Wins Ngo Human Welfare Prize
03 May, 2013
Amartya Sen to Lecture on Discovery of Women June 6
25 Apr, 2013
OPHI Director Sabina Alkire speaks at UN General Assembly
25 Mar, 2013
Young Lives Launches Child Poverty Study
25 Mar, 2013
OPHI Analysis of Global MPI 2013 Attracts Press Coverage Across World
25 Mar, 2013
BLOG: Paul Dornan on How Inequalities Affect How Children Grow Up

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