Resource Title

Human Development Report 2014: Sustaining Human Progress – Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience


The UNDP’s HDR is an annual report that measures human development across the world.

The 2014 HDR focuses on vulnerability and its impact on human development. It argues that unless the issues affecting the most vulnerable throughout the world are ‘systematically’ addressed, through changing policies and social norms, development will be continue to be inequitable and unsustainable.

Resource Details

  • Date added: 26th June 2015
  • Author: Khalid Malik (lead author)
  • Year: 2014
  • ISBN: 978-92-1-126368-8
  • Page Count: 239


The 2014 report focuses on ‘human vulnerability’ and ‘human resilience’ as it relates to the erosion of individual choice and capabilities and ensuring that individual choice is ‘robust,’ highlighting the need to support coping mechanisms to adjust to adverse events in the lives of the most vulnerable.

Packed with graphs, fact boxes, case studies and comments from a range of experts across many dimensions of ‘development’ the report is designed to used widely by educators, researchers and policy makers.

The report outlines that there are:

The key messages of the 2014 report include:

Big ideas in the 2014 report:

“It is possible and cost-effective to push for universal access to basic social services in most developing countries.” (Khalid Malik, report lead author)

Further reading

Available from:

Download the 2014 Human Development Report PDF (16.2MB)

Visit the 2014 report website

Visit the interactive data map to explore data indicators and country info and the public data explorer or download any of the data tables

Report also available to order for $45 from UN publications.