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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Human Security

The world can never be at peace unless people have security in their daily lives. Future conflicts may often be within nations rather than between them-with their origins buried deep in growing socio-economic deprivation and disparities. The search for security in such a milieu lies in development, not in arms.” UNDP-HDR 1994

Over 20 year ago, Mahbub ul Haq drew global attention to the concept of human security in the United Nations Development Programme's 1994 Human Development Report which aimed to influence the UN's 1995 World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen. A Human Security (HS) analysis encompasses a people-centred, multi-disciplinary comprehension of security, and involves a variety of research fields, including development studies, sociology, economics, international relations, environmental studies, and human rights.

This thematic group aims to revive the interest of Human Security studies within the Human Development and Capabilities paradigms, while pulling in other works that have been conducted in this area over the past twenty-five years. Additionally, it seeks to enrich the Human Security academic debate in human development circles by including new developments in sister fields, including from humanitarian studies, feminist security studies, and environmental change studies to name a few.


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The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region

This webinar explores the concept of human security within the MENA region. The region has long been marred by protracted conflicts that have a strong multi-dimensional nature. This requires a closer examination of the various threats to social cohesion. Human security proves to be a worthwhile construct to further explore within this context due to its ability to recognise multiple threats – whether from poverty, inequality or political marginalisation. Not only can human security be defined as a people-centred, multi-disciplinary comprehension of security, above all it seeks to advance freedom to live in dignity, freedom from fear and freedom from want/need. Freedoms which are essential to build a peaceful society. Linking human security back to its grounding in human development, allows for a further exploration as to what role social policy can play in promoting human security within the MENA region. The webinar was organised by both the HDCA Thematic Group Human Security and the MENA Social Policy Network and is part of the current GCRF-AHRC project on “Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region”.

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HDCA Webinar 2021 Human Security HDCA Videos

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