UNDP and Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation honor Authors’ team of the 2010 National Human Development Report

May 7, 2014

Group photo for the team of authors with H.E. Dr. Ashraf El Araby and Ms. Anita Nirody

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoP) celebrated the awarding of the ‘UNDP Global Award for Excellence in Human Development’ to the Egypt 2010 Human Development Report - “Youth in Egypt  - Building our Future”  in an event held on May 7th, 2014.

The main purpose of this event was to pay tribute to the authors of the 2010 National Human Development Report (NHDR) on Youth in Egypt for their valuable contribution to this report and the lead author Professor Heba Handoussa for leading and coordinating such an independent and forward-looking report which received the ‘UNDP Global Award for Excellence in Human Development’.

Around 100 persons have attended the event including Ministers, academia, youth, national and international partners, civil society organizations, and representatives from the government.  

The event agenda included screening some short videos of UNDP flagship projects in the area of youth economic and social empowerment namely: Employment Creation and Innovative Public Works Project implemented with Social Fund for Development (SFD), the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) Project implemented with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoP), the Youth programme of the Social Contract Center Project implemented with the Information and Decision Support Center and UNDP Information and Communication work to support youth’s skills and entrepreneurship implemented with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).  It also showcased the upcoming NHDR that will be led by Dr. Magued Osman, CEO and Director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research "Baseera,"which will analyse the current state of human development with a focus on social justice to promote socio-economic growth with equity.

The UNDP Egypt Country Office is delighted that the National Human Development Report on Youth in Egypt (2010) was amongst the six outstanding human development reports that received an award for excellence in 2014. This recognition of excellence is testimony to the high quality of analysis, its consultative and participatory approach, engaging young Egyptians in its drafting, and very importantly, its forward looking and evidence based recommendations that are firmly rooted in Egypt’ national priorities and that stand the test of time.

The Report has succeeded in raising several issues and provided policy recommendations that are very relevant to today’s Egypt, including breaking the cycle of poverty, fighting corruption, youth education, employment and participation, and women’s empowerment As illustrated in this eleventh in the series of National Human Development Reports, a vision of a productive and socially inclusive society is one in which all young Egyptians would feel valued and have the opportunity to participate fully in the life of their society. It also called for the development of a progressive and inclusive National Youth Strategy for Egypt.

The upcoming NHDR will be on the current state of human development, social justice, social protection and equal opportunities. The report’s topic was chosen based on a consultative process which identified the areas of social justice, social protection, equity and equal opportunities as major priority for Egypt. The report will target policy makers during this critical juncture in Egyptian history when government is exerting effort to address problems of social equity, income distribution, subsidy reform, and provision of quality basic services.

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