BANGLADESH MOVES FORWARD – HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2014 RELEASED
July 24, 2014 was a special day for most Bangladeshis as they were about to leave the city to spend the Eid vacation with family and friends in their village homes.
For some officials in the government and development organisation sectors, the day was more auspicious as they were part of an elaborate launch of the ‘Human Development Report 2014’, jointly organised by the Economic Relations Division (ERD) and UNDP Bangladesh.
Prior to the launch, a round table was organised that focused on the HDR 2014 theme, ‘Sustaining Human progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience’. Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Secretary, ERD was present as the Chief Guest and Mr. Neal Walker, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, presented the keynote paper in the discussion. Dr.Saleemul Huq, noted scientist and environment specialist, moderated the discussion. The roundtable was attended by more than 100 opinion leaders.
The actual launch was covered by all electronic and print media in Bangladesh, who were encouraged by the hook that ‘Bangladesh has improved one step in Human Development Index (HDI) to rank 142 globally, up from 143, as per the Human Development Report 2014.’
Based on the HDR 2014 findings, most electronic and print media reported, Bangladesh has shown good performance in terms of addressing the issue of gender inequality…In the newly introduced Gender Development Index (GDI), Bangladesh ranks 107, India at 132 and Pakistan at 145.
A number of UNDP Country Office officials were invited to discussions on national television channels on the same night and the following weekend to discuss the HDR findings.
The next day, on July 25, 2014, the Daily Star, the highest circulated English daily in Bangladesh, carried an op-ed piece written by UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Neal Walker. Titled ‘Building National Resilience: An exciting imperative’, the enlightening piece explained the HDR 2014 findings while also stressing how the HDR should encourage a vibrant development dialogue that will lead to concrete actions to further push Bangladesh to a new level of resilience.
The pro-active engagement with ERD, preceding and during the launching, created sufficient national ownership of the report’s key messages. The ERD already expressed interest to co-hostjoint dialogues involving civil society and other development partners in order to translate these messages into Bangladesh context and to reflect them into Bangladesh’s national development strategies.
This was undoubtedly the biggest HDR launch in recent years.
JULY 24, 2014