United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday 9th February, 2016 launched a Human Development Report (HDR) in Malawi at a function held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the Capital Lilongwe.
Initially, the Human Develoment Report- was officially launched in December last year on global level under the theme ‘Work for Human Development’ calling for sustainable, equitable and decent work for all.
UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Malawi Mia Seppo said the report is focusing on Work for Human Development more especially on how the world of work is changing and how this will impact on women and men, the skilled and less skilled, the rich and poor countries as well as young and the old people.
According to Seppo, sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs and stimulate the economy while not harming the environment.
She said the findings of the HDR are important to everyone to understand the world we are living in and how global changes will impact on Malawi.
Speaking on behalf of the Malawi government during the launch, Labour, Youth and Manpower Development Minister Henry Mussa said the HDR is very crucial because it highlights the impressive progress that have been made across the globe since its inception 25 years ago.
“The report also highlights how the widening inequality threatens human development and crowns the importance of technology as well as addressing gender inequality to achieve well being of the workers and accelerating human development” noted the Minister.
On this, Mussa said the current administration of President Peter Mutharika is committed to improve human development in the country as it among other things involve women and youth who constitute the majority in most developing countries like Malawi.
The minister also emphasized that the year 2016 will provide an opportunity for government to consider human development when formulating the successor national strategy; Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III.
“We will focus on reorienting, reinventing and reoganizing work so that it enriches human development” said Mussa.
However, Mussa expressed concerns with the slow pace interms of human development in Malawi after over five decades after attaining independence.
Meanwhile, Malawi is on position number 173 of the global Human Development Index (HDI) out of 188.
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