UNDP Human Development Report
The first Human Development Report in 1990 began with a simple premise: “People are the real wealth of a nation.” Featuring its renowned Human Development Index (HDI), the most widely accepted alternative to purely economic measurements of national progress, the Report has consistently combined cutting-edge methodological innovation with policy analyses that put people at the centre of development.
The Human Development Report is an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. Alongside the global Report, more than 140 countries have produced some 500 national Human Development Reports with UNDP support.
The 20th anniversary edition of the Report in 2010 traced the varying patterns of national progress in recent decades, documenting impressive long-term HDI gains even in most low-income countries. The 2010 Report also introduced three innovative new measurements: the Inequality-adjusted HDI, the Gender Inequality Index and the Multidimensional Poverty Index.
The 2011 Report will investigate a key finding of the 2010 Report – the growing evidence of inequality and environmental threats. The research underway examines patterns of human development at national and global levels. Using a human development lens that focuses jointly on equity and sustainability, the 2011 Report will move the policy agenda forward.
For free downloads of past global, regional and national Reports, visit our multilingual website: hdr.undp.org. The website also features the popular ‘Let’s Talk Human Development’ blog, plus extensive new data resources, interactive indexing tools, and profiles of all 192 UN member states.