Human development reports for El Salvador and Nicaragua honored for excellence

05 Nov 2013

Dubai 5 November – The UN Development Programme’s national Human Development Reports for El Salvador and Nicaragua received the 2013 HDR Award for Excellence, which honors the best and most impactful Human Development Reports every three years. The awards received during a ceremony today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the occasion of the Global Human Development Forum, 5-7 November.

 

The awards, handed to national, sub-national and regional reports have helped advocate the core principles of the human development approach, encouraged innovation in research, demonstrated the use of the HDR as an advocacy tool and shared good practices in the human development community.

Launched in 2011, the report “Youth building Nicaragua” (Las juventudes contruyendo Nicaragua)

presented a Youth Multidimensional Poverty Index, a new measurement of young Nicaraguans aged 15-29 well-being. The report found that despite the poverty that affects about one million teens and young adults, this new generation is more academic and technologically-savvy than their predecessors .

According to the report, there were over 1.8 million young Nicaraguans in 2008, of which nearly 38 percent were employed, nearly 10 percent worked and studied and only 30.2 percent dedicated themselves exclusively to studying. The research highlighted that 17.5 percent of young Nicaraguans did not work or study.

El Salvador’s 2010 Human Development Report “Guidelines for a new development Model: From consumption and poverty to family well-being” (Del consumismo y la pobreza al bienestar familiar) argues that people’s well-being means more than just income. It relates to the opportunities to pursue valuable life plans. The report stresses that El Salvador needs a new economic and social development model, building a virtuous circle that increases the levels of savings, investment, competitiveness, growth and employment.

For more information and to see the list of awardees: http://hdr.undp.org/en/nhdresources/monitoring/awards/2013/