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.

News
13 Jan, 2016
ODID DPhil Marco Haenssgen Invited to UN Expert Group Meeting on Big Data
21 Dec, 2015
New Young Lives Report Examines Impact of MDGs on Children in 4 Study Countries
20 Nov, 2015
New Young Lives Research Shows Hitting Children in School Linked with Poorer Test Scores Later On
10 Nov, 2015
Multidimensional Poverty Indices Launched in Costa Rica, El Salvador
09 Oct, 2015
OPHI's Work Listed Among Top 20 Examples of UK Research Having Global Development Impact
25 Sep, 2015
Blog Posts from OPHI, Young Lives Explore SDGs as UN Summit Gets Underway
25 Sep, 2015
Side Event at UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals to Call for Use of Global MPI
28 Jul, 2015
ODID DPhil Marco Haenssgen Wins Honourable Mention in 2015 ESRA Early Career Award
24 Jun, 2015
New Young Lives Research Programme on Child Marriage in India, Early Education in Ethiopia
22 Jun, 2015
New OPHI Report Shows More than 1.6 Bn People Living in Multidimensional Poverty Worldwide

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