The International Centre for Human Development

What is the Project About

In partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, the project aims to set up an International Centre for Human Development in India to support efforts by governments of the South to integrate human development approaches and ensure improved development outcomes for poor and marginalized people.

Planned Initiatives

What Have We Accomplished So Far
PHOTO: DALIP KUMAR/UNDP INDIA

The Centre will provide a range of services to national governments in translating human development approach into policy through a four-pronged approach-

  • Policy advisory services based on national and international evidence to ensure that human development concerns become integral to planning processes and policy making. This will be achieved by-

    • Strengthening national statistical organizations to improve data collection, data measurement methodologies, dissemination and analysis of human development to enable informed policy making 

    • Supporting the private sector to incorporate human development concerns in their corporate social responsibility work 

  • Developing capacities of national governments, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and academia to undertake human development-oriented policymaking and advocacy. To achieve this, it will undertake the following activities to- 

    • stablish cross-country/regional mechanisms that will enable practitioners to collaborate and support the adaptation of good practices to local context 

    • Provide training in human development to government officials, community leaders, academia, media and parliamentarians through existing institutions

    • Provide a multi-stakeholder platform on human development for South-South cooperation to foster mutual learning 

  • Undertaking research and analysis on the policy dimensions of a human development approach including trade-offs of various people-centered policy measures 

  • Providing monitoring and evaluation support to develop and support decentralized and community-level monitoring tools

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 3,000,000
Ministry of Human Resource Development
via Indian Institute of advanced Study 
US$ 3,000,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2013 US$ 734,853
2012 US$ 186,312


Stories of Change

UNDP and India Sign Partnership Agreement to Further South-South Cooperation
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and India signed a partnership agreement today intended to leverage India’s vast development experience to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and increase its role in south-south cooperation.

Press Releases

New Centre for Human Development can be a Powerful Platform to Further South-South Engagement on Human Development
“Ideas can be transported across countries,” says Ajay Chhibber, Director General for Independent Evaluation at the Planning Commission. “The International Centre for Human Development can become a platform for south-south exchange and will allow countries to share examples of what has worked in other contexts,” he added. 

India poised to be a Major Player in South-South Trade, says Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

India poised to be a Major Player in South-South Trade, says Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
India needs to open its markets to trade with neighbouring countries, says Montek Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission at the regional launch of the 2013 Human Development Report ‘The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World’.

Dalit Women have Undergone Real Violence for a Very Long Time says Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen Supports Anti Rape Protests, Says Dalit Women have Undergone Real Violence for a Very Long Time
“The post-2015 agenda needs to return to the principles of human rights and justice, peace and democracy as enshrined in the Millennium Declaration” said Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen at the official launch of International Centre on Human Development.

New Partnership Announced to Establish an International Centre for Human Development in India

New Partnership Announced to Establish an International Centre for Human Development in India
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Indian Institute of Advanced Study and UNDP will support South-South collaboration on ways to integrate human development analysis and approaches in development strategies through establishing an International Centre for Human Development in India.

In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
September 2012
Estimated End Date:
August 2015
Geographic Coverage:
International
Focus Areas:
Human Development, Democratic Governance
MDGs:
All Millennium Development Goals
Project Officer:
Meenakshi Kathel
Partners:
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD); the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS)
Highlights
  • A new partnership to establish an International Centre for Human Development in India announced in August 2012 
  • The Centre will support efforts by the governments of the South to integrate human development into policymaking 
  • Focus will be on providing policy advisory services, developing capacities, undertaking research and analysis and monitoring and evaluation
  • The Centre will be housed in the Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Related Documents
  • Annual Work Plans 2013 | 2012
  • Project Document English
  • Brochure: About the International Centre for Human Development (IC4HD) English