UNDP Liberia Launches 2019 Global Human Development Report

Posted December 3, 2019

There is considerable gender inequality in Liberia. Liberia has a Gender Inequality Index value (GII) value of 0.651, ranking it 155 out of 162 countries in the 2018 index.

The United Nations Development Programme in Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, will on 09 December launch its 2019 Global Human Development Report (GHDR) in Monrovia at the Monrovia City Hall beginning at 9:00 am.

The Report is expected to be launched by the Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard Taylor, showcasing Liberia’s position and discussing ways of making improvements.

The report highlights inequality and provides a comprehensive picture of the many forms of inequality that are shaping the 21st Century.

In all societies, long-standing forms of inequality persist while gaps are opening in new aspects of life. The 2019 Human Development Report will focus on understanding the dimensions of inequality most important to people’s well-being, and what is behind them.

Many believe that inequality is critically important but there is much less agreement on why it matters and what to do about it. Human Development Experts propose the need to sharpen measurements that would better describe what inequality looks like and to have a deeper understanding of how inequality will change given the economic, social and environmental transformations that are unfolding worldwide. Only then can policy options be designed to effectively tackle it.

The report goes beyond the dominant discourse on income disparities to also consider inequalities in other dimensions such as health, education, access to technologies, and exposure to economic and climate-related shocks. It will use new data and methods that will highlight how inequality affects people’s lives; and it will take a long-term view towards 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and beyond.

The 2019 report builds upon the rich history of human development reporting in pioneering new measures of development and upon new partnerships with global experts.