Human Development in South Asia 2016 – Empowering Women in South Asia The nineteenth report analyses the progress made in South Asia since the publication of the Centre’s 2000 Report on The Gender Question. The Report shows that despite the progress made by every South Asian country since 2000 in developing women’s capabilities, much more remains to be done to empower women in South Asia in economic, political and legal areas. The questions that are addressed in this Report include: how has the economic, social, political and legal status of women in South Asia progressed since 2000? Has the progress been evenly distributed between women and men? What is the extent of inequality between women and men in various aspects of life? What are the policy options for enhancing women’s capabilities and enlarging women’s economic and political opportunities? And, what institutional mechanisms are needed to eliminate discrimination of women? Besides providing an overall South Asia profile, the Report presents a detailed analysis of women’s empowerment in five countries: India, Pakistan Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Human Development in South Asia 2015 – The Economy and the People
The eighteenth report addresses the issue of connection between economic growth and people’s lives. The Report analyses the record of economic growth and human development in South Asia for the last three decades from 1980 to 2010. Besides providing an overall South Asia profile, the Report presents a detailed record of economic growth and social development in five countries: India, Pakistan Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Report critically analyses economic policies, policies for employment, food security, education, health and women’s empowerment and concludes that to sustain economic growth and advance human development, South Asia needs high level political commitment.
Human Development in South Asia 2014 – Urbanization: Challenges and Opportunities
The seventeenth report addresses the impact of urbanization on human development in South Asia. The Report analyses the numerous challenges and opportunities stemming from urbanization from the perspective of economic growth, access to infrastructure and key services, the environment and governance arrangements. While South Asia is urbanizing faster than many other regions in the world, are the benefits of urbanization being evenly distributed? Is urban-led economic growth improving job prospects and opening the doors to a better life? Is urbanization enhancing people’s access to key infrastructure and services or is it increasing socioeconomic disparities for urban residents, specifically for the poor and marginalized groups? Can South Asia manage urbanization effectively and ensure an inclusive and sustainable future for its growing urban populace? These are some of the issues the Report tries to explore and assess.
Human Development in South Asia 2013 – Issue of water from the perspective of human development
The sixteenth report addresses the issue of water in South Asia from the perspective of human development. The Report analyses the impact of water on people’s ability to survive and prosper in the context of reduced supply of and increased demand for water. The economies of most South Asian countries are growing, but are the people benefitting from these economies? Can this growth be sustained without efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change? And in view of reduced water supply, can this region afford not to cooperate with its neighbors on water sharing? These are some of the issues the Report tries to analyze and address.
Human Development in South Asia 2012 – Governance for People’s Empowerment
The fifteenth report addresses governance from the point of view of empowerment. It analyses governance of political, economic, and social institutions from the perspective of how people are being empowered. The report addresses several questions, including: what are the indicators of governance to be used for assessing people’s empowerment? Is there a conflict between economic growth and social justice? And, why is accountability of governing institutions a must for making policies and institutions function for the betterment of all citizens?
Trade and Human Development : Human Development in South Asia 2007 Human Development in South Asia 2010/2011 – Food Security in South Asia
The fourteenth report focuses on the imperative of ensuring food security for all in South Asia. It presents a critical analysis of all dimensions of food security—food availability, access, and absorption—and argues that if the current trend of rising poverty and hunger is not addressed by governments and other policy makers, the ethical foundations of these societies would disintegrate.
Trade and Human Development : Human Development in South Asia 2009
The thirteenth report presents critical analyses of agricultural, non-agricultural and services trade of South Asia. It looks critically at the nature of the trade liberalization process, the impact of this on the economy and the people of South Asia and the potential for gain by putting in place better policies, institutions and regional cooperation.
Technology and Human Development in South Asia : Human Development in South Asia 2008
The twelfth report presents an analysis of adoption and diffusion of technology in the region. It raises several issues that are yet to be addressed in the region, particularly in the poorer parts of South Asia. These include the lack of affordable technological education, and minimum use of technology in delivering services to people in inaccessible areas.
A Ten-year Review : Human Development in South Asia 2007
This eleventh anniversary Report evaluates the actions that have followed the ten South Asia Human Development Reports produced and their impact on the people in the region. The Report presents as in-depth and a comprehensive analysis of the achievements and challenges in human development of the region.
Poverty in South Asia: Challenges and Responses :Human Development in South Asia 2006
This Report on The Poverty Challenge in South Asia underlines the link between poverty and human development in South Asia. The current poverty situation in the region is discussed, current poverty alleviation programmes analyzed and strategies for poverty reduction identified.
Human Security in South Asia : Human Development in South Asia 2005
The ninth report focuses on the various facets of human insecurity in the South Asian region. The myriad insecurities encountered by the masses in the region are discussed in detail and appropriate strategies suggested to promote greater human security.
The Health Challenge : Human Development in South Asia 2004
This eighth report underlines the imperative of focusing on the health of the South Asians. Without improving the health of the majority of population, economic growth can neither be sustainable nor equitable. The Report argues that South Asia’s strategy of economic growth need to be reoriented in order to address the needs and concerns of the majority of its people.
The Employment Challenge : Human Development in South Asia 2003
The seventh report raises concerns about the employment situation in South Asia under the current patterns of economic growth and trade, systems of education and training, and the global trading rules as they impact on food and livelihood security of poor people of South Asia.
Agriculture and Rural Development : Human Development in South Asia 2002
The sixth report on Agriculture and Rural Development underlines the imperative of focusing on a human-centred agricultural development in South Asia, as agriculture is the backbone on South Asia’s economy and source of livelihood of two-thirds of South Asia’s population.
Globalisation and Human Development : Human Development in South Asia 2001
The fifth report, Human Development in South Asia 2001: Globalisation and Human Development presents the experience of globalization in South Asia. The purpose of the report is to inform policymakers at national and international levels about the imperative of managing globalistation for the benefit of the vast majority of South Asia’s people.
The Gender Question : Human Development in South Asia 2000
The fourth annual report, Human Development Report in South Asia 2000: The Gender Question, highlights the extremely poor condition and position of South Asian women. To address this, the report recommends policies and strategies to provide women economic, political and educational opportunities.
The Crisis of Governance : Human Development in South Asia 1999
The third report analyzes the issues of governance from political, economic, social, and civic perspectives. It provides an in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of corruption and advocates a concrete and realistic reform agenda for promoting ‘humane governance’ in the South Asian region. This Report is a valuable resource for policy makers, academic researchers, and general public.
The Education Challenge : Human Development in South Asia 1998
The second report focuses osn the critical role of education in accelerating human progress in South Asia. The report states that what is missing is not financial resources, but political commitment for tackling the educational tasks that lie ahead. Moreover, it presents a concrete five-year plan to educate all the children of South Asia, both boys and girls. Also, it suggest strategies for raising the quality and quantity of primary education, closing gender gaps, providing a better teaching force, and creating relevant teaching skills to enable the region to face the challenges of globalization.
The first report highlights that South Asia is emerging as the most deprived region in the world (in terms of poverty, illiteracy, hunger and gender sensitivity). Yet it continues to make more investment in arms than in the education and health. The report explains why South Asia has failed to match the development accomplishments of East Asian countries. Moreover, it proposes a 15-year plan of action to provide universal primary education, basic healthcare and safe drinking water for all, adequate nutrition for malnourished children, family planning services for at least 80 per cent of married couples, and new credit institutions for the poor.