Discussion on National Human Development: Bangladesh PerspectiveFeb 19, 2018
Eminent Economist and Director of UNDP Human Development Report Office Dr. Selim Jahan underscored the need for publishing National Human Development Report for the interest of inclusive and sustainable development. He mentioned that Government of Bangladesh started publication of National Human Development Report in 1992 but it was not continued. He was addressing in a discussion session on National Human Development Report: Bangladesh Perspective organized by Economic Relations Division on 19 February 2018 at NEC conference room with the assistance of UNDP supported Knowledge for Development Management (K4DM) Project.
Dr. Selim Jahan mentioned that, development efforts need to have positive impact on life and livelihood of common people and minimizing discrimination should be the key target. “Publication of National Human Development Report can contribute in overcoming data gap and influence the policy makers in realizing status at macro and micro level” he said. He also informed that till now 900 human development reports at national level have been published across the world and in India, some provinces also published similar report.
Dr Selim mentioned that, increasing growth and per capita income are important but these indicators do not reflect the overall human development of a country. People’s participation in decision making and planning is equally important.
He suggested to form an advisory board engaging public and private sector and authors panel comprising experts from different discipline to develop the national human development report.
Representative from different ministries and implementing agencies took part in the discussion, presided over by Kazi Anowarul Hoque, Additional Secretary of Economic Relations Division.