The 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Developing Reporting

The awards recognize outstanding stakeholder engagement and communication in national and regional reports

The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) has announced the awardees of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting for national and regional reports at the United Nation Headquarters in New York. UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark joined HDRO Director, Selim Jahan, to present the awards to the following report teams:

HDRO Awards

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The four awardees represent outstanding examples of how human development report teams can engage with communities, organizations and institutions to develop the reports, and communicate findings in ways to contribute to political debates.

Speaking at the event in UN Headquarters in New York, Helen Clark said: “Reports should reflect the views of many stakeholders. One cannot report accurately on the hopes and aspirations of women, youth, the poor, or any other grouping in society without engaging fully with them. It is perhaps this characteristic more than any other which transforms a report on development into a human development report.”

“Human Development Reports place an emphasis on understanding people’s lives and their aspirations. And they recognize that development is complex, interlinked and multi-faceted. These two tenets have, together, been instrumental in explaining why human development thinking has improved understanding, and policy making, in many countries.”
added HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

This was the seventh round of human development reporting awards since they began in 2000, and covered reports published from June 2012 through June 2016.

“National Human Development Reports have always informed Global Human Development Reports and their analysis and recommendations can now play an important role in the dialogue around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These reports are the result of committed efforts to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and help understand disparities within a society,” said Selim Jahan.

For this edition, an evaluation panel considered almost 30 submissions from among 50 national and regional human development reports published over the last four years. The evaluation panel also commended submissions regarding the following human development reports: Ethiopia (2015), Kosovo (2014), Mongolia (2016) and Vietnam (2016), Asia and the Pacific (2016), Latin America and the Caribbean (2016) and the Western Balkans (2016).

Published on: 06 December, 2016