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Human Development Report 2010 (The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development)

In the past 20 years, human development has become more relevant than ever to people's well-being. Health and education have improved, as well as people's power to choose their leaders, influence policy, and share knowledge. Yet inequality across countries has increased, production and consumption patterns have proven unsustainable, and some regions have experienced regress in health. Defines human development as "enlarging people's choices" and focuses on themes of sustainability, equity, and empowerment. The first chapter reaffirms human development and reviews the original Human Development Index (HDI). The second chapter analyzes recent trends and overall patterns according to the HDI and considers education levels, gender differences, public sector involvement, and rising standards of living. The third chapter studies economic growth, health innovation, and the role of institutions and policies. The fourth chapter examines empowerment, inequality, vulnerability and sustainability. The fifth chapter introduces three new indicators: the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the Gender Inequality Index, and the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index. The last chapter recommends a future agenda for policy and research. The annex provides statistical data for over 160 countries across numerous issue areas.
Jeni Klugman