Trends in Human Development

8 04 2010
Source: Francisco R. Rodríguez.

Has the world become a better place to live in during the past few decades? Views on the answer to this deceptively simple uestion vary widely. For some, the past 40 years have seen the expansion of a voracious form of global capitalism that has made people more vulnerable by taking away many of their basic protections. For others, this is the golden age of globalisation, in which many countries decided to embrace the logic and opportunities of the market and have seen unprecedented progress as a result. What do the data say? As part of our research for the 2010 Human Development Report, we are looking at the evolution of the Human Development Index (HDI) to try and find the answer.


Global Trends 2025: The National Intelligence Council’s 2025 Project.

29 01 2010

URL: Source: National Intelligence Council

This is the fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the future. It offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events.

Freedom of Association Under Threat.

29 01 2010

URL: Source: Freedom House.

More than 20 percent of the world’s countries are experiencing a disturbing reversal in freedom of association. This report examines the increasingly sophisticated tactics authoritarians are using to restrict nongovernmental organizations, human rights groups and independent trade unions.

National Human Development Report: Ties That Bind Social Capital in Bosnia and Herzegovina

27 01 2010

Source: UNDP

Bosnia and Herzegovina has made great economic strides in the 14 years since conflict divided the country, but work remains to be done on healing social fragmentation a new report says. Through the lens of social capital, the report examines the positive and negative effects of social networks and their role in democratization, social inclusion and social cohesion.

The report, National Human Development Report 2009 ‘Ties That Bind, Social Capital in Bosnia and Herzegovina, finds social trust to be virtually non-existent in the country.
Available in Bosnian and English.

Securing a voice for displaced Georgians.

11 01 2010

URL: Source: Conciliation Resources.

This report notes that over 200,000 ethnic Georgians remain displaced from their homes since the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict in the early 1990s. This new publication ‘Out of the margins’ documents the lessons learned from our work with Georgian NGOs and activists to help internally displaced people defend their rights and become more politically active. It was launched in Tbilisi in October and is available in English, Russian and Georgian.

Repression and Punishment in North Korea: Survey Evidence of Prison Camp Experiences.

11 01 2010

URL: Source: East-West Center.

This report notes The penal system has played a central role in the North Korean government’s response to the country’s profound economic and social changes. Two refugee surveys—one conducted in China, one in South Korea—document its changing role. The regime disproportionately targets politically suspect groups, particularly those involved in market-oriented economic activities. Levels of violence and deprivation do not appear to differ substantially between the infamous political prison camps, penitentiaries for felons, and labor camps used to incarcerate individuals for misdemeanors, including economic crimes.

Speaking Out for Free Expression.

7 01 2010

URL: Source: Article 19.

Set against the backdrop of dramatic world events, this report charts the course of free expression over the past two decades. It offers a compelling story of 34 countries in five regions, and essays by international experts, comparing today’s reality with the situation for free expression two decades ago.