Human Development Report 2015

Work for human development

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This report takes a broad view of the link between work and human development. Work is a critical tool for economic growth and security, poverty reduction and gender equality. It enables full participation in society while affording people a sense of dignity and worth. Humans working together not only increase their material well-being, they also accumulate a wide body of knowledge that serves as the basis for cultures and civilizations. The report finds that work enhances human development when policies are taken to expand productive, remunerative and satisfying work opportunities. Workers' skills and potentials are enhanced, their well-being in terms of rights, safety and benefits are ensured with targeted interventions, and an agenda incorporating decent work, a new Social Contract and a Global Deal is pursued.

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Enhancing human development through work

The preceding chapters have analysed various aspects of the work–human development nexus—how work enhances and damages human development, how unpaid care work and paid work need to be made more equitable and how work needs to be sustainable in the changing world of work. As a response to these challenges, this chapter is oriented towards actions: providing policy options and making policy recommendations as to how human development can be enhanced through work.

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