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Influence of regional, national and sub-national HDRs

Paola Pagliani ()
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Paola Pagliani: Human Development Report Office. United Nations Development Programme

No HDRP-2010-19, Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) from Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Abstract: This review highlights some achievements by regional, national and sub-national Human development Reports (HDRs) in influencing policy debate. Examining a sample of regional, national and sub-national HDRs released over the past 18 years, one concludes that several HDRs influenced the application of the human development concept and measurement to policy analysis at the national level. For the purpose of this exercise, few typologies of HDR influence have been identified, such as the national application of the human development paradigm; the contribution to the human development debate on specific themes; the development of national capacity for policy formulation and assessment; the revision of national policies and budget allocations according to human development priorities; extensive media attention generated by some reports; and the introduction of human development materials in national education curricula in developing countries. The paper dedicates a section to each category, providing examples from HDRs to illustrate the type of influence.

Keywords: National Human Development Reports; Influence; Policy; Capacity Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 Y3 B59 H50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2010-07
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Published as background research for the 2010 Human Development Report.

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