Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development

16 Feb 2016


Fast technological progress, deepening globalisation, aging societies and environmental challenges are rapidly transforming what work means today and how it is performed. This new world of work presents great opportunities for some, but also profound challenges for others. The report, subtitled Work for Human Development argues that policies should embrace all types of work, including care, creative and voluntary work and that they should pay particular attention to sustainability.

The report finds that the Asia-Pacific region may have been experiencing fast growth and rapid human development in recent years, but not necessarily fast job creation. The Lao PDR ranked 141st out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index in 2014, below the average in the region.


  • The 2015 report focuses on types of work and advocates for job sustainability.
  • Since 1990, 2 billion people have been lifted out of low human development.
  • Extreme income poverty has been reduced by more than a billion since 1990.
  • Every region of the world has seen Human Development Index (HDI) gains.
  • Laos ranked 141 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index.
  • The average Lao person has 10.578 years of schooling and a life expectancy of 66.2 years.

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