Human Development Report 2010

The Real Wealth of Nations – Pathways to Human Development, 20th Anniversary Edition

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The Human Development Report has had a profound impact on development policies around the world. The 2010 Report continues the tradition of pushing the frontiers of development thinking. For the first time since 1990, the Report looks back rigorously at the past several decades and identifies often surprising trends and patterns with important lessons for the future. These varied pathways to human development show that there is no single formula for sustainable progress—and that impressive long-term gains can and have been achieved even without consistent economic growth. Looking beyond 2010, this Report surveys critical aspects of human development, from political freedoms and empowerment to sustainability and human security, and outlines a broader agenda for research and policies to respond to these challenges.



The agenda beyond 2010

This Report opened by reaffirming the enduring relevance of human development in the 21st century. We have assembled a range of evidence and examined current thinking to inform and help chart the way ahead. This evidence has shown that people’s lives can be improved through means already at the disposal of most countries, though progress is not guaranteed. Pathways to advancing human development are varied and specific to a country’s historical, political and institutional conditions.


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