Sakiko Fukuda-ParrWelcome to the website of Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.

I am a development economist interested in human development and capabilities and the broad question of national and international policy strategies. I am currently a Professor at The New School, in the International Affairs Program where I chair the Development Concentration. I do research, graduate level teaching, and am also involved in formal and informal advisory work with NGOs, think tanks, foundations, and international organizations.  From 1995 to 2004, I was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports.  Previously, I worked at the World Bank and UNDP on agriculture, aid coordination in Africa and capacity development.  Please go to the header tab for short bio and full cv.

My current research initiatives include:

* A book manuscript on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

* A book on measurement of Economic and Social Rights and the Socio-Economic Rights Fulfilment Index (coauthored with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph) a

*  The Power of Numbers: A Critical Review of MDG Targets for Human Development and Human Rights (co-coordinator with Alicia Yamin, Harvard University) – a multi-author research initiative on the impact of global goal setting on international development agendas.

* Economic and social rights – handmaiden or obstacles to economic growth?  The role of economic policy in the realization of the right to food in democracies of the Global South, focussing on  South Africa and Brazil.

My books include: Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach: an Interdisciplinary Conversation (co-edited with Diane Elson and Polly Vizard)The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development, Readings in Human Development and Capacity for Development – Old Problems, New Solutions.

I serve on the UN Committee on Development Policy as Vice Chair, The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health, and the boards of the International Association for Feminist Economics, Centre for Economic and Social Rights,  Knowledge Ecology International, as well as several advisory panels for research projects.

Recent additions

February 2015:

Interview with Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr. Visualising Poverty Research Series, Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), University of Bergen (UiB) and International Social Science Council (ISSC).

January 2015:

Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights, a new book by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer, and Susan Randolph, proposes an innovative framework for measuring government performance in meeting economic and social rights obligations against what could be achieved with available state resources.  The authors argue that traditional human rights indicators capture individuals’ enjoyment of economic or social rights, but not state compliance with the duties to progressively respect, protect, and fulfill those rights.  Their new approach uses data from countries across the globe to set relative benchmarks against which to evaluate more comprehensively how states apply their resources to realize economic and social rights.  Their findings reveal striking differences in governments’ success in mobilizing public resources to deliver socioeconomic benefits. Their findings also raise questions about persistent obstacles to global fulfilment of economic and social rights despite unprecedented wealth production and technological breakthroughs over the last century. 


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(Header photos taken by students at the New School in the summer field program. Credits in order left-to-right: The Grace of Women by Timo Mueller; Paddy Fields in the Rain by Melissa Edwards; Assemblage by Brandon Fischer; and Night in Durbar Square by Tobia Neufeld)