Development Matters - Newsletter April 2017

28 Apr 2017
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Human development for all Pakistanis

Last month, UNDP launched its 27th Human Development Report, based on a ground breaking approach that recognizes that it is people – you and I and our families and communities – who stand at the heart of development. That while economic growth is important to bringing prosperity, wealth is only a means to an end. The true measure of a country’s success lies in the wellbeing of its people, and the opportunities and choices they have to live the lives they value.

This simple principle guides and influences development discourse the world over, and is fundamental to UNDP’s approach to supporting governments in solving development challenges and fostering transformational change.

Accordingly, UNDP’s Human Development Report provides a careful analysis of where each country in the world stands in this global effort to bring development to all. Indeed, the progress seen over the past quarter century has been remarkable. Through a concentrated effort by countries, international and civil society organizations, and countless women and men the world over, we see a trend toward longer and healthier lives, with more children going to school and greater rights for women in public and economic life.

Nevertheless, it is time to ask whether all people – women and men, rural and urban, majority and minority – are benefiting equally from this progress. Accordingly, the focus of the 2016 report is “Human Development for Everyone”. It examines who is left out of human development, asking why they were left out, and what can be done to address this. Finally, it points out that universal human development is not only desirable, it is attainable.

In the 2016 report, Pakistan’s Human Development Index (HDI) is 0.550, ranking 147th out of 188 countries – just scraping into the medium human development category. This reflects achievements in terms of health (life expectancy at birth), education (number of years of schooling) and economic resources (GNI per capita), and shows an increase of over 36 per cent since 1990. Read more . . .

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Featured Partner The Italian Development Cooperation

The Italian Development Cooperation is an essential UNDP partner in Pakistan and across the world. Through its partnership with UNDP, Italy has contributed to major initiatives in developing countries focusing on the environment, rural development, organic or conventional farming, alternative and renewable sources, gender policies, women’s empowerment, and health and education.

Some of Italy’s major initiatives and contributions are in Pakistan. These fund a multi-sectoral nation-wide programme, operating in all provinces, and focusing on rural development, health and the environment, with a more specific emphasis on the socioeconomic empowerment of rural communities.

In 2017, UNDP Pakistan and the Government of Italy signed a major agreement to help preserve Pakistan’s fragile mountain environments. This project, aims to improve management of the Central Karakorum National Park in Gilgit-Baltistan, home to five of the world’s highest peaks including K2, and the Deosai National Park. Aside from pristine glaciers and snowfields which are at risk from the effects of climate change, the park is home to endangered animals such as the snow leopard. Through this partnership, UNDP Pakistan and the Italian Development Cooperation will join hands with the Ministry of Climate Change and Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to introduce scientific technology to promote biodiversity, support education and protect cultural heritage...

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Ignacio Artaza
Country Director

Human development for all Pakistanis

Last month, UNDP launched its 27th Human Development Report, based on a ground breaking approach that recognizes that it is people – you and I and our families and communities – who stand at the heart of development. That while economic growth is important to bringing prosperity, wealth is only a means to an end. The true measure of a country’s success lies in the wellbeing of its people, and the opportunities and choices they have to live the lives they value.

This simple principle guides and influences development discourse the world over, and is fundamental to UNDP’s approach to supporting governments in solving development challenges and fostering transformational change.

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