Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)

This paper uses the Cuban Timor Leste health partnership to illustrate desirable principles in aid partnerships. For all its problems, Timor Leste has graduated one thousand doctors in the past decade, created clinics in all rural districts and has seen substantial improvements in some critical health indicators. Over this period, Cuba was by far the most important partner in health training and health services. We consider what it was about this partnership that facilitated substantial gains in both human capacity and human development. Continue reading “Partnerships for self-determination: The Cuba-Timor health cooperation (2018)”

The case for an enhanced human development index (2009)

Twenty years after the UNDP published its first Human Development Report (HDR), it is plain that those ideas have been deeply influential and powerful. Yet, precisely because of that influence, the HDR’s Human Development Index now looks stale and in need of review. This paper argues the case for an Enhanced Human Development Index, to maintain a more coherent alternative to the Millennium Development Goals, or their successors. Continue reading “The case for an enhanced human development index (2009)”