Nepal Human Development Report 2014 released; calls for enhancing skills of the population, and bridging the regional divide
KATHMANDU, Nepal - 13 May 2014 - Amid Nepal’s commitment to graduate from status of Least Developed Country, Nepal Human Development Report 2014 was released today that calls for enhancing skills of the population, while bridging the regional and group divide in human potential and investing in youth and agriculture.
The Report titled, “Beyond Geography, Unlocking Human Potential,” argues that Nepal’s potential are hindered not just by persisting geographical inequalities but also by inequalities based on social groups, gender and household well-being.
The Report, which looks at development from the lens of expanding human capability, was launched jointly today by Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Adminis¬trator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and Professor Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel, Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission.
The report notes the overall picture is improving, but inequalities among regions and social groups remain mostly entrenched with signs that some of these may be narrowing. The analysis also points to specific social groups and geographic dimensions of persisting inequalities.
However, the report maintains the HDI ranking between regions, urban and rural areas and ethnicities has not changed over the decade. For example, the Far Western Development Region remains the least developed, rural areas fare worse than the urban areas and dalits are in the lowest rung of human development.
Vice-chair of the National Planning Commission Professor Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel said, “Nepal Human Development Report 2014 is a huge intellectual contribution to the development debate of Nepal. The Government will make efforts to implement the recommendations of the report for high-quality and inclusive growth in view of Nepal’s commitment to graduating from a least developed country to a developing country by 2022.”
UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director Mr. Haoliang stressed on the importance of converting Nepal’s potential into a reality through concerted efforts.
“The report clearly estimates the capacity of Nepal’s youth in contributing to economic growth. However, the report also finds that existing capacities are not being fully utilized. The right people are not working at the right jobs and putting in the right number of hours. This needs to be addressed, especially because Nepal aspires to step out of the least developed country group within the next 8 years,” said Mr. Xu.
“This mismatch between youth potential and actual employment status must be addressed quickly—through nationwide vocational training programme and pairing of prospective employers with skilled population. Government can encourage prospective employers to work with vocational institutes to take part in a placement programme through tax breaks and other incentives.”
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