Research & Publications

  • Human Development Report 2010Human Development Report 2010Mar 8, 2012
    The 2010 Report continues the tradition of pushing the frontiers of development thinking. For the first time since 1990, the Report looks back rigorously at the past several decades and identifies often surprising trends and patterns with important lessons for the future. These varied pathways to human development show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress—and that impressive long-term gains can and have been achieved even without consistent economic growth. Looking beyond 2010, this Report surveys critical aspects of human development, from political freedoms and empowerment to sustainability and human security, and outlines a broader agenda for research and policies to respond to these challenges.

  • The Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012 - One Planet to ShareThe Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012 - One Planet to ShareDec 6, 2012
    Asia-Pacific not only has many of the world’s most climate-exposed territories, it is also home to millions of the most vulnerable people. The unprecedented pace and scale of human activities have been transforming the natural environment and contributing to climate change. Emissions cross borders, and so do some of the most affected natural systems, such as glaciers, coral reefs and mangroves. Some of these natural systems that act as natural buffers to the impacts of climate change are increasingly at risk of deterioration and destruction, posing a serious challenge to people’s lives in the region. While the most vulnerable people have contributed little to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they will face some of the most serious consequences. They are not just highly exposed and sensitive to climate events, but also lack adequate adaptive capacity. Unlike the developed countries of today, in a time of climate change, growing first and cleaning up later is no longer an option.

  • Human Development Report 2013Human Development Report 2013Mar 14, 2013
    The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

  • Human Development Report 2007/2008Human Development Report 2007/2008Nov 27, 2007
    What we do today about climate change has consequences that will last a century or more. The part of that change that is due to greenhouse gas emissions is not reversible in the foreseeable future. The heat trapping gases we send into the atmosphere in 2008 will stay there until 2108 and beyond. We are therefore making choices today that will affect our own lives, but even more so the lives of our children and grandchildren. This makes climate change different and more difficult than other policy challenges.

  • Nepal: Readings in Human DevelopmentNepal: Readings in Human DevelopmentAug 25, 2006
    The Nepal: Readings in Human Development (RHD) makes an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of human development in Nepal. Prepared under the aegis of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the primary objective of the RHD is to provide a reference to support a course on human development at the Masters level in the universities in Nepal.

  • Asia Pacific Human Development Report 2006 - Trade on Human TermsAsia Pacific Human Development Report 2006 - Trade on Human TermsJul 20, 2006
    In Asia and the Pacific, trade has proved that it can provide jobs and higher incomes for millions. At the same time, many people have yet to benefit, including poor farmers marginalized by trade barriers and distorted agricultural prices; workers who lose jobs in domestic industries due to the reduction of tariffs on competing imports; women, who deserve higher wages and better working conditions but face the risk of displacement following the withdrawal of textile quotas; and overseas workers, who leave their loved ones behind and face discrimination and exploitation in search of jobs that can lead to improved lives back home.

  • Human Development Report 2006Human Development Report 2006Jun 18, 2006
    Since its creation in 1966, UNDP has been at the centre of the United Nations’ operational development system, working both at the grassroots level to help build national capacities for sustainable development, and as a leader in development thinking, as demonstrated by its flagship Human Development Reports and its contributions to critical issues such as global public goods and democratic governance. In many ways, it is this important nexus—connecting countries to knowledge and ideas and working with them to strengthen the capacity needed to tackle development challenges—that is UNDP’s hallmark. Working at the heart of the UN system, and on the ground in 166 countries around the world, UNDP plays a unique role in global development

  • Human Development Report 2004Human Development Report 2004Jul 15, 2004
    Human development is first and foremost about allowing people to lead the kind of life they choose—and providing them with the tools and opportunities to make those choices. In recent years Human Development Report has argued strongly that this is as much a question of politics as economics—from protecting human rights to deepening democracy. Unless people who are poor and marginalized—who more often than not are members of religious or ethnic minorities or migrants—can influence political action at local and national levels, they are unlikely to get equitable access to jobs, schools, hospitals, justice, security and other basic services.

  • Human Development Report 2002Human Development Report 2002Jul 24, 2002
    This Human Development Report is first and foremost about the idea that politics is as important to successful development as economics. Sustained poverty reduction requires equitable growth—but it also requires that poor people have political power. And the best way to achieve that in a manner consistent with human development objectives is by building strong and deep forms of democratic governance at all levels of society.

  • Human Development Report 2001Human Development Report 2001Jul 10, 2001
    Human Development Report 2001 is intended as the manifesto for that partnership. But it is also intended as a source of cautionary public policy advice to ensure that technology does not sweep development off its feet, but instead that the potential benefits of technology are rooted in a pro-poor development strategy. And that in turn means, as the Human Development Reports have argued over 11 editionsthat technology is used to empower people, allowing them to harness technology to expand the choices in their daily lives.