2011 Courses – Archive

Summer School on Capability and Multidimensional Poverty
Start Date: 24 Aug 2011
End Date: 03 Sep 2011
Location: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Brief Description: The capability approach formulated by Amartya Sen, and further developed by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum and others provides a conceptual framework that grounds many multidimensional approaches to poverty and social protection, including the MDGs, PRSPs, rights-based development, integrated social policy, and other specific initiatives. In the past few years, interest in multidimensional quantitative techniques of analysis has surged. New quantitative methodologies have been developed for measurement, comparisons, and analysis. Many more are still under development. It is a fast-moving area. The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.

UNDP Oxford Course 2011 – Concepts, Measurement and Policy Implications
Start Date: 28 Feb 2011
End Date: 11 Mar 2011
Location: Eynsham Hall just outside Oxford, United Kingdom
With: OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report Office

Brief Description: The course was aimed at staff in Ministries of Planning, Finance, Economy and national statistics offices who have experience and roles linked to development policy planning and monitoring, including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and MDG-based strategies, as well as UNDP staff working on related issues including Resident Representatives, Deputy Resident Representatives, Advisors, and Human Development Focal Points. The course offered an in-depth review and policy-oriented introduction to key human development concepts, measures and analytical tools, and policy implications introduced in the Human Development Report 2010. A particular focus was placed on the new measures introduced in the HDI 2010, a topic on which country and staff demand has already been expressed.