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Remarks at the launch of the Nepal Human Development Report 2009 17 August 2009 Robert Piper, UNDP Resident Representative
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The Comprehensive Peace Agreement is an extraordinary document. When I read the CPA I read a Nepali analysis about the underlying causes of the conflict. It is so much more than a transitional framework through which hostilities might be ended. The CPA is a fundamental statement about equity, about inclusion, about rights, about good governance, about justice. A Nepali vision of the kind of Nepal that can deliver peace and prosperity on a sustained basis. Successive National Human Development Reports have echoed the CPA’s causal analysis and as such should be useful in helping measure tangible progress towards this vision, amongst the intangibility of the political negotiations around transition. National Reports allow us to get behind national numbers to assess whether development is delivering results and delivering them equitably. On results we can point to important achievements over the last 15 years since national reports began, not least a significant drop at the national level in poverty rates and improvements across a raft of indicators such as life expectancy, literacy and mother and child mortality. We need to worry about the fragility of these gains given the weak contribution of economic growth in this equation but the numbers going into this decade are impressive. On equity, the picture is much much less positive. As with each of our previous NHDRs the picture of Nepal’s development is one of profound unevenness and inequity. National gains in poverty reduction have to various degrees favoured urban rather than rural communities, particular communities and castes over others, men over women, East and Centre over Far West and so on. The patterns are unmistakable and irrefutable. And while all ‘boats’ have been lifted to some degree over the last two decades, the gap itself is actually widening. National progress on poverty reduction in the decade to the mid 2000’s, for example, translated into an almost 50% decrease in the incidence of poverty in the Brahmin and Chhetri community but only a meager 6% decrease amongst the Muslim community.

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UNDP ,   (2009 )
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Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, CONFLICT, EQUITY, JUSTICE, PEACE, DEVELOPMENT, LIFE EXPECTANCY, CHILD MORTALITY, ECONOMIC GROWTH, POVERTY, FEDERALISM
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 UNDP : Social and Institutional Developoment
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02.04.00  -  Development
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