Welcome to the American Human Development Project Blog, Human Development in the News.

Our aim with the American Human Development Project is to introduce to our own country an international approach and tool for measuring human well-being that we’ve seen used around the world with great success – the human development approach and the human development index.  Human development is, in the words of Amartya Sen, about “advancing the richness of human life” and expanding the opportunities, choices, and freedoms of ordinary people.  With our book, The Measure of America, and this website, we hope to stimulate fact-based public dialogue and debate about human development here at home.

In this blog, we’ll periodically take a look at issues in the news and tease out some of the implications for human development.