The National Human Development Reports (NHDRs) take the Global Human Development Report approach to the national level and are prepared and owned by national teams. They are primarily a policy advocacy tool that are used to introduce the notion of human development to national policy dialogue. They use the human development approach that places people, instead of the economy, at the centre of development. Fundamentally, it is about advancing human well-being by creating an environment in which people can develop their full potential, choose their exercise their own choice, and lead productive, creative, and happy lives.
Since the first national Human Development Reports (NHDRs) released in 1992, local editorial teams in 135 countries have produced over 700 NHDRs with UNDP support. These reports bring a human development perspective to national policy concerns through local consultations and research. National HDRs have covered key development issues ranging from climate change to youth employment, to inequalities driven by gender or ethnicity. This is Pakistan’s first National Human Development Report in over a decade. The last one in 2003, the NHDR on Poverty, focusing on growth and governance, was authored by Dr. Akmal Hussain.
This, the country’s first National Human Development Report (NHDR) in over a decade, seeks to understand Pakistan’s human development challenges and opportunities from the prism of youth. It focuses on how to improve human development outcomes – by empowering young people, addressing the root causes of the obstacles they face, and by proposing innovative ways to surmount these challenges. Offering first-rate analysis and evidenced-based policy recommendations, this Report looks at three key drivers of youth empowerment: quality education, gainful employment and meaningful engagement. These, we believe, are levers of change that can harness the potential of young people and catapult Pakistan on a path of greater human development.
“The real wealth of a nation is its people. And the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy, and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth is too often forgotten in the pursuit of material and financial wealth”
Dr. Mahbub ul Haq
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