Human Development

What We do

The human development paradigm introduced in the early 1990s sought to shift focus from national income as the only indicator of development to expanding the choices people have. The concept of human development was introduced by UNDP in 1990 in the first global Human Development Report. In India, this coincided with a period of rapid growth and rising inequalities, where a need was felt to reinforce the idea that people matter, and India welcomed the concept of human development. Today, India is acknowledged globally as having the largest body of work on human development reporting at the sub national levels in the form of State Human Development Reports (SHDRs) and District Human Development Reports (DHDRs).

Our Goals

Since 1999, in partnership with the Planning Commission, NITI Aayog, and a range of other stakeholders, both nationally and at state level, UNDP has supported efforts to integrate human development into planning and action.

Photo: Grassroots Consultant/UNDP Indiamore

Stories of Change

Understanding Human Development through Film

Understanding Human Development through Film

From child marriage in Rajasthan, food security in Orissa and a shortage of doctors in Himachal Pradesh's health care services, a series of films explore the more 

Institutionalizing Human Development

Institutionalizing Human Development

The paradigm shift from measuring national incomes as 'development' to improving people’s lives and choices as 'human development' occurred in the 1990s. Creating an enabling environment more 

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Partnerships