Launch of the 2014 Human Development Report in Namibia

pull upThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Namibia through the National Planning Commission (NPC) launched the Human Development Report 2014 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

Following successful launches of the report held across the globe, the report was officially launched in Namibia by Hon. Tom Alweendo, Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC).

The 2014 HDR, entitled “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,” edifies that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa need to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crisis from setting back recent development advances.

IMG_5486Hon. Tom Alweendo, presided over the launch and highlighted the Namibian context of growth and development. He highlighted the positive growth which has occurred in Namibia.

Mr. Musinga Bandora, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative for UNDP highlighted that the report provides a useful platform for examining the concept of vulnerability and devising possible ways through which to build resilience in communities. He assured Hon. Alweendo, “the issue of building resilience has become a central theme of the UNDP’s work, and is one of the three priority areas of its programme of work outlined in the new 2014-2017 strategic plan .“

Presenting the core messages of the report, Mr. Ojijo Odhiambo, Economic Advisor for UNDP Namibia alluded to the HDI and the relevant dimensions and indicators pertinent to the indexes.

IMG_5430UNDP’s Economic Advisor made specific reference to the structural vulnerabilities which create barriers and result in deep inequalities and widespread poverty. These barriers include existing power structures, traditions and socio-cultural norms, political spaces and social and legal institutions. “There is a need for universal provision of basic social services and a need to put people first in all policy and decision making processes, “he said. Odhiambo further stated “there is a need to commit to collective action at the level of individuals, communities and states.” He made specific reference to the need for effective coordination between states and social institutions and concluded that “success is not automatic and gains are not necessary permanent.”

IMG_5503The report launch was a successful event coordinated and executed by the UNIC Windhoek team in collaboration with UNDP in Namibia. With the ambassadors, civil society, NGO’s, media and other development partners present, the findings of the report were successfully positioned to a broad audience base. Copies of the report were distributed to those in attendance.

The report is available electronically : http://hdr.undp.org/en