UNDP Egypt and Somalia receive awards for excellence in Human Development Reporting

13 Sep 2013

Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office has announced the recipients of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting.These awards, which are granted every few years, recognize thoughtful, innovative and influential human development reports from around the world. 

This time, as in previous rounds, the external experts who comprised the review panel let us know there were a strong group of reports for consideration.

Over 700 reports have been released since the early 1990s and they have contributed  positive change around the world. They have championed the importance of objective, evidence-based development reporting that puts people first, and engages and empowers the very citizens whose development we report on. Many of them have had demonstrable impact on policy making and the lives of people. The Human Development Report Office encourage everyone to take stock of the wealth of information and ideas contained in these reports.

The awards will be presented during the Global Human Development Forum in Dubai this November. The winning reports are:

Regional Reports:

Africa 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future

Asia and the Pacific 2012: Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate


National Reports:

Somalia 2012: Empowering Youth for Peace and Development

Egypt 2010: Youth in Egypt - Build our Future

Nicaragua 2011: Las juventudes construyendo Nicaragua

El Salvador 2010: Lineaminentos para un nuevo modelo de desarrollo. Del consumismo y la pobreza al bienestar familiar

Winning Reports from the Arab States
Empowering Youth for Peace and Development

This is the first report of its kind on this war-torn Horn of Africa country in more than a decade. The new report – which is based on surveys conducted in more than 3,000 households in south central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland - reveals that although the majority of Somali youth believe they have a right to be educated and a right to decent work, they feel disempowered by multiple structural barriers built into the family, institutions, local government and society at–large. Therefore, radical shifts in policies and attitudes are needed in order to empower and place them at the core of the development agenda.

Youth in Egypt: Building our Future

The Report analyzes from a human development perspective the opportunities and constraints that today face Egypt’s sizeable youth population, where 25% of Egyptians are between the ages of 18 and 29. It examines the role of youth in Egypt’s development process looking at issues including education, health, gender, poverty, employment, housing, and participation in society. The Report also showcases success stories of youth-centred initiatives, programmes, and projects, calling for greater consultation and communication between young people, the Government and civil society.

Human Development Reports in the Arab States