Selim Jahan

Selim Jahan is Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report.

November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019

Langa: What South Africa is this?

"Where am I?” is the first question I asked myself after getting out of the car. Bewildered, I looked around. With me, there were three black students from the University of the Western Cape, and the driver of the car was also a young black man.

July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019

On identity and extremism

A person may have multiple identities—he or she may be known by different traits. Just look at me. I am a person with more than one identity.

February 17, 2019
February 17, 2019

Technological revolution and the jobs of tomorrow

Today's technological revolution has given rise to a digital economy, which includes the Internet (fixed and mobile broadband), cloud computing, smartphones, smart cities, the Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning,

December 7, 2018
December 7, 2018

Violence against women: A zero-tolerance issue

The lack of women's empowerment is a critical form of inequality. And while there are many barriers to empowerment, violence against women and girls (VAW) is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality.

December 1, 2018
December 1, 2018

Future Of Work - Yet An Evolving Territory

What will be the nature of work in the future? This million-dollar question is being discussed in cafes, schools and workplaces around the world right now.

September 16, 2018
September 16, 2018

A case of laudable progress

The 2018 update on the global human development indices and indicators was released on September 14. Covering 189 countries of the world, the update has revealed for these countries the levels of human development in different dimensions, their progress, the inequalities in human development achievements and the extent and nature of deprivations.

April 8, 2018
April 8, 2018

RIP to GDP? Not So Fast

Recently, David Pilling had a write-up entitled “Do we need to say RIP (Rest in Peace) to GDP?” The write-up draws on his latest book The Growth Delusion on which he recently spoke at the Oxford Literary Festival.

September 18, 2017
September 18, 2017

Counting what counts in development

To most people, “development” is best measured by the quantity of change – like gains in average income, life expectancy, or years spent in school. The Human Development Index (HDI), a composite measure of national progress that my office at the United Nations Development Programme oversees, combines all three statistics to rank countries relative to one another.

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