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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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The changing world of work

Throughout history the nature of work has evolved. Changes in social, economic and political structures have changed the when and where of work, the what of goods and services produced and the how of organizing work. The effects on human development have been wide-ranging and complex. Some of the most dramatic changes started in the 18th century with the industrial revolution in Europe (box 3.1).

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