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UNDP's Human Development Report


A summary presentation of the United Nations Development Programme's annual Human Development Report, an alternative way to view human development and poverty--taking more into consideration than just …

A summary presentation of the United Nations Development Programme's annual Human Development Report, an alternative way to view human development and poverty--taking more into consideration than just GDP and GNP. Selected data from the 2009 report are presented.

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  • 1. An Alternate Way to View Countries and
    the Opportunities They Offer Their Citizens
    The UNDP Human Development Report 2009
  • 2. Human Development
    "The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people's choices. In principle, these choices can be infinite and can change over time. People often value achievements that do not show up at all, or not immediately, in income or growth figures: greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities. The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives.”
    Mahbub ul HaqFounder of the Human Development Report
  • 3. The Human Development Report (HDR)
    Launched in 1990
    Purpose to put the development focus back on people, rather than solely economic factors such as GDP
    People-centered development – the quality of human life and the capacity of people to meet their full potential
    Annual, independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Translated into more than 12 languages
    Tracks progress towards UN Millennium Development Goals
    Each report highlights a specific human development issue: 2008 was Climate Change, 2009 was Migration, and 2010 will be its 20th anniversary issue, offering a comprehensive look back and a contemplative look forward
  • 4. UNDP HDR Video: “People First”
  • 5. HDI – Human Development Index
    “The first Human Development Report (1990) introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income into a composite human development index, the HDI. The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development.”
    Courtesy of the UNDP HDR website
  • 6. HPI – Human Poverty Index
    “Rather than measure poverty by income, the HPI uses indicators of the most basic dimensions of deprivation: a short life, lack of basic education and lack of access to public and private resources. The HPI concentrates on the deprivation in the three essential elements of human life already reflected in the HDI…
    Courtesy of the UNDP HDR website
  • 7. Longevity
  • 8. Knowledge
  • 9. and a Decent Standard of Living
  • 10. A Snapshot
    The 2009 Report is based on 2007 data
    Four country categories, based on the HDI: Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development, Low Human Development
    Ranking Range is 1 to 182, with 1 Most Favorable and 182 Least Favorable
    The following data considers one representative country from each country category
    Sample data selected is for HDI, HPI, Life Expectancy, Adult Literacy, Gross Enrollment in Education and GDP, though the HDR provides a great deal more data
  • 11. Representative Data
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  • 14. Other Useful Resources
    This presentation offers just a glimpse of the Human Development Report. For more information, please refer to the Report’s website, listed on the next slide, and, specifically, to the following resources highlighted for GDSJ students:
    The Human Development Journey on-line course: Available free at,20584,en.html
    “An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency” – A textbook for undergraduate and post-graduate students relating to the themes of the Human Development concept. Available for free download at:
  • 15. Credits
    The video – ”People First” – and all quotes contained in this presentation are from the UNDP Human Development Report website :
    Photos courtesy of Michele Burlot