Human Development Report 2013

The Rise of the South - Human Progress in a Diverse World

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This report identifies more than 40 developing countries that have done better than expected in human development terms in recent decades. It analyzes the causes and consequences of these achievements and the challenges they face. Each of these countries has its own unique history. Yet they share important characteristics and face similar challenges. They are increasingly interconnected and interdependent and their peoples are increasingly demanding to be heard, as they share ideas through new communications channels and seek greater accountability from governments and international institutions. The report identifies policies rooted in the new global reality that could promote greater progress. With fresh analytical insights and clear proposals for policy reforms, the report helps chart a course for people in all regions to face shared human development challenges together, fairly and effectively.



Governance and partnerships for a new era

Today’s systems for international development and global governance are a mosaic of old structures and new arrangements. The rise of the South will make these systems more diverse: international cooperation is likely to involve an even more complex web of bilateral, regional and global processes. All these structures, however, will need to work better in concert— particularly for the provision of public goods. Duplication of effort and failure to agree on common norms and goals are not just inefficient, but potentially counterproductive, setting back human progress. It is vital to strengthen both global and regional organizations while extending representation and accountability to a wider group of states and stakeholders to reflect the emergence of these new forces. This chapter considers options and offers conclusions for this new era of partnership.


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