This Report starts with a fundamental question—how can work enhance human development? The Report takes a broad view of work, going beyond jobs and taking into account such activities as unpaid care work, voluntary work and creative work—all of which contribute to the richness of human lives. The Report highlights impressive progress on human development over the past quarter century. Today people are living longer, more children are in school and more people have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Per capita income in the world has gone up, and poverty has gone down, resulting in a better standard of living for many people. The digital revolution has connected people across countries and societies. Work has contributed to this progress by building people’s capabilities. Decent work has provided people with a sense of dignity and an opportunity to engage fully in society.
Nov 2, 2011UNDP Human Development Report 2011Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations, according to projections in the 2011 Human Development Report. Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All argues that environmental sustainability can be most fairly and effectively achieved by addressing health, education, income, and gender disparities together with the need for global action on energy production and ecosystem protection.
Jan 1, 2008UNDP Sierra Leone Human Development Report 2007Sierra Leone’s first national Human Development Report since the end of the civil war, its theme is empowering local government for sustainable development and poverty reduction. It explores this theme through information collected from the latest countrywide census of 2004 and current socio-economic data, and examines challenges facing Sierra Leone, including limited social services, environmental problems, gender inequity, lack of empowerment of the population, population growth, rising unemployment, and increasing poverty through a closer lens.
Mar 14, 2013UNDP Human Development Report 2013The 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. The Report identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years. The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries' achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades. Each of these countries has its own unique history and has chosen its own distinct development pathway. Yet they share important characteristics and face many of the same challenges. They are also increasingly interconnected and interdependent. The Report calls for far better representation of the South in global governance systems and points to potential new sources of financing within the South for essential public goods. With fresh analytical insights and clear proposals for policy reforms, the Report helps charts a course for people in all regions to face shared human development challenges together, fairly and effectively.
May 15, 2012UNDP Africa Human Development Report 2012The 2012 Human Development Report for Africa explores why dehumanizing hunger remains pervasive in the region, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favorable growing climate, and rapid economic growth rates. It also emphasizes that food security – the ability to consistently acquire enough calories and nutrients for a healthy and productive life - is essential for human development. To boost food security, it argues for action in four interrelated areas: agricultural productivity, nutrition, access to food, and empowerment of the rural poor. It asserts that increasing agricultural productivity in sustainable ways can bolster food production and economic opportunities, thereby improving food availability and increasing purchasing power. Effective nutrition policies can create conditions for the proper use and absorption of calories and nutrients. Finally, empowering the rural poor - especially women - and harnessing the power of information, innovation, and markets can promote equitable allocation of food and resources within families and across communities.
Jul 23, 2015Assessment of Development ResultsThis is the first ADR assessment of UNDP’s contribution to Sierra Leone and covers the period 2008-2012. Specifically, the ADR focused on the previous 2008- 2010 Country Programme Document (CPD) (which was extended by the UNDP Executive Board until 2012), and covered as much as possible of the ongoing 2013-2014 CPD. The findings and recommendations of the ADR were discussed at a stakeholder workshop held in Freetown on 8 July 2014 attended by almost 70 stakeholders who shared their comments on the report and provided feedback on the role and future potential contribution of UNDP in the context of the next country programme.