Myanmar plans to prepare the first national Human Development Report

Jan 24, 2014

Participants enthusiastically working together on human development measurement

Nay Pyi Taw - UNDP conducted dedicated workshop last week to support Myanmar’s effort in preparing its first national Human Development Report. The training was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development for representatives from relevant government ministries and academia.

The workshop contributed to strengthening the government's analytical capacity as the participants were thoroughly briefed on global concepts and methodologies of measuring multi-dimensional human development. In addition the participants reviewed good international practices and received first-hand insights from relevant international experts about the experience of Vietnam in preparing national human development reports and using then to enrich the country's development policies.

At the international level, latest global human development report puts  Human Development Index (HDI) of Myanmar at 0.498, which leads to Myanmar ranking #149 out of 178 countries. At the same time, Myanmar is one of 14 countries which have recorded impressive HDI gains of more than 2 percent annually since 2000.  

"As the Government has committed to people-centered development, the National Human Development Reports offer excellent tool for ensuring progress of reforms. UNDP will continue consultations with government and civil society about how best to adapt the human development measuring methodology to Myanmar context. At the workshop we brainstormed how to capture multiple dimensions of human wellbeing in Myanmar: not just level of income, but also access to quality education and health services, environmental sustainability and gender parity," said Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar.

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Daniel Kostzer, Senior Economic Advisor

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