Work begins on National Human Development Report UNDP launches new project to support report production

07 Aug 2006

7 August, 2006 Kathmandu- With the launch of a new project today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal began work on the fourth National Human Development Report, which is due to be published in late 2007.

Under the new project entitled: Support for Human Development Initiatives, UNDP will gather the nation's principal experts to lead the research and production of the next National Human Development Report. The report will be prepared through a highly participatory process involving stakeholders at all levels and in all development regions. Additionally, several assessments will be conducted.

While the report's theme will be finalised through wide ranging consultations, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ghulam Isaczai, said: 'Given the recent positive political developments, the report's focus will most likely be drawn towards issues of immediate priorities for Nepal in a post conflict scenario such as rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery.'

'These landmark publications are designed to provide new measurement tools and in-depth analyses that spur policy debates on pressing issues, drawing political attention and prompting action at all levels,' Mr. Isaczai said.

In addition to producing the next human development report, the new project also seeks to build on UNDP's earlier efforts aimed at institutionalising a human development course at major Nepalese universities.

The most recent Nepal Human Development Report, published in 2004, explored empowerment and unravelled the root causes of poverty and conflict in the country. Meanwhile previous reports (2001 and 1998) have explored poverty reduction and governance.

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