The Human Development Project

What is it all about?

Lucy Ann Delaney (c. 1830-c. 1890s) was an African-American author and former slave, remembered for her inspiring 1891 narrative “From the Darkness Cometh the Light; or, Struggles for Freedom,” which remains virtually the only source of information regarding her life. (Google Books).

The Human Development Project is aimed at supporting human rights, promoting social justice, and offering viable solutions to complex issues.


The Human Development Project (HDP) is more than just a publication. HDP looks to promote social justice, spark human rights advancements, and provide viable solutions to complex issues. By way of thought-provoking essays and comprehensive policy reviews (forthcoming), HDP offers every individual access to pertinent information flowing through our increasingly globalized society.

In addition to the article submissions published semi-weekly on our Medium publication, HDP is looking to expand to develop in-depth problem-solving assessments and initiate community mobilization to push for positive change.



The Human Development Project staff accepts and appreciates donations of any amount. While we are unable to commit to the Project in a full-time manner, financial backing of any kind will afford our editors the opportunity to dedicate more time and resources to the development of this platform.

It is our firm belief that this publication can shift public perception and societal expectations of how American media should arm the masses with knowledge and compassion. How society is informed is just as important as the information they are armed with. Oftentimes, the underlying issues plaguing the medium and content are one in the same. Accordingly, we have adopted an approach that cultivates understanding whilst taking advantage of the streamlined publication process Medium provides its editorial community. We don’t lose sleep over how to grow in influence and reach. We rely on a much more organic, grassroots growth model that places our editors and contributors in the hot seat. We are only as strong as the amazing authors — that have embraced our message and share our sense of purpose — push us to be.

As our donation pool grows, the likelihood that we may be able to support our growing cast of storytellers increases exponentially. While we certainly hope to dedicate more of our own time and effort to HDP, we also believe in putting the authors that make the publication what it is first. It’s the least we can do.


Story attributions are included within each article link. The Human Development Project publication and HDP’s platform on Medium claim no ownership of, or rights to, the original drafts of shared content, rather they provide an extensive network for authors to expand their audience and align the publication’s missions with their own.

Please reach out to us via email at humandevproject@gmail.com if you believe there to be any breach of implied contract or otherwise. We work hard to ensure that all artists, authors, and photographers contributing to our publication are properly attributed — and consequently we take any charge against our professionalism and ethics very seriously. We maintain the utmost vigilance throughout the content curation process and will work to rectify any matter involving such charges.


HDP editors will not make any substantive alterations to stories submitted by authors not directly affiliated with HDP. Affiliated authors’ submissions are subject to much more thorough and comprehensive proofreading and fact-checking standards than stories submitted by Medium writers at large.

Rest assured that if we have requested your story for publication on our platform, your piece will remain in its original form as published by its author (you) until the end of time. If you are an author with authorization to submit stories to HDP, as granted by Medium’s publication management and story submission systems, your stories will also remain unaltered.

Human Development Project

A disruptive digital storytelling project supporting humanitarian initiatives, freeing shackled minds, and amplifying the voices of the oppressed.

HDP Staff

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HDP Staff

A disruptive digital storytelling project supporting humanitarian initiatives, freeing shackled minds, and amplifying the voices of the oppressed.

Human Development Project

A disruptive digital storytelling project supporting humanitarian initiatives, freeing shackled minds, and amplifying the voices of the oppressed.