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12 June 2018
Time use surveys — collecting statistics about how people spend their time — are increasingly being used to inform development agendas in developing countries, a report from the United Nations Foundation's Data2X initiative finds. Gayatri Koolwal, a Fellow at Data2X, was invited to speak this week at the Human Development Report Office's Seminar...
05 June 2018
There is unequivocal scientific evidence that our planet is warming, primarily as the result of human activity since the mid-20th century. The planet’s average surface temperature has risen by about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) mainly in the past 35 years. Warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, and glacial retreat are very common...
31 May 2018
Iñaki Permanyer is a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics, and Jeroen Smits is head of the Global Data Lab at Radboud University The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living...
30 May 2018
Frances Stewart is Professor Emeritus of Development Economics at the University of Oxford and Emma Samman is a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute 'Human development is a process of enlarging people’s choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living...
11 May 2018
The number of composite indices that are constructed and used internationally is growing very fast; but whilst the complexity of quantitative techniques has increased dramatically, the education and training in this area have been dragging and lagging behind. As a consequence, these simple numbers, expected to synthesize quite complex issues, are...
02 May 2018
On February 6th, a Forbes list identified the 10 richest “Bitcoin billionaires”. By the time the list went online, most on the list were not billionaires anymore. While cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin being the best known, have recently caught everyone’s attention, this piece looks at the underlying blockchain technology, and how it might revolutionize...
13 March 2018
The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) convened 12 international experts from academia and research institutes in New York on 12-13 February 2018 for a two-day meeting to discuss human development measurements and the way forward. Led and facilitated by Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office, and Milorad Kovacevic, Chief...