Human Development, Poverty and Youth

Poverty and human development have long been core areas of research for the department. Going beyond a narrow conception of per capita income, our approach incorporates health, education, living standards and quality of work – all of which enable productive, creative and autonomous lives.

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, notably Professor Emerita Frances Stewart, participated in design, methodology and research for the UNDP's flagship Human Development Report from its foundation in 1990. This work has been continued and enlarged by OPHI, winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2020. With its innovative Multidimensional Poverty Index, OPHI contributes globally to the conception of the Sustainable Development Goals and also engages with many national governments on data gathering and measurement of poverty to provide evidence for policy.

Building human capabilities necessarily starts with children, and the Young Lives project, initiated in 2001, conducts longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Carried out in collaboration with country partners, the study covers education, skills, work, health, nutrition, inequality, child protection and gender. This multi-country longitudinal research has now moved from studying children to youth, as their original child cohorts have grown older. Young Lives has also developed a new focus on work, in view of the crisis of youth employment.

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
21 Mar, 2013
BLOG: Sabina Alkire Discusses Analysis of Global MPI 2013