25 Years of Human Development Thinking

HDialogue: 25th Anniversary Special Articles

How has Human Development contributed and influenced the international debate? What are the challenges ahead? Development leaders reflect on these issues in a special series of the HDialogue blog.

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Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office

A concept is always broader than any of its proposed measures. Any suggested measure for any concept cannot fully capture the richness, the breadth and the depth of the concept itself. This is true of the notion of human development as well. In principle human choices can be infinite and change over time.

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Visualizing 25 Years of Human Development

Human Development Reports have been pioneers in measuring and visualizing human progress. This section displays some influential graphs and visualization that have contributed to advance new ideas.

For a Human Development prospective, investing in people’s capabilities -through health, education and other public services—is not an appendage of the growth process but an integral part of it. The 2013 Human Development Report advocates for enhancement of public investment to influence the effective delivery of public services and expansion of capabilities.