[country or region] Human Development report [tentative year]:
[working title: state of the theme]
[Authors of the Project Document: for example, a UNDP unit or other institution]
[date of circulation]
Like the concept note, the project document for a national or regional Human Development Report is meant to inform colleagues and other stakeholders in the HDR process about the scope of the report, the specific objectives, the anticipated methodologies and the resources. This includes a description of the theme that has been identified, the related issues to be addressed and the consultative processes that are expected to contribute to a high-quality, influential report. A project document associated with an Iraqi national HDR (Iraq Project Document [699 KB]) represents a good example.
There are two principal differences between the concept note and the project document. First, the project document treats each issue in more depth because it is drafted after the theme of the report has been selected, while the concept note is still tentative in this respect. The project document is also based on the additional consultations and analysis that have taken place subsequent to the drafting of the concept note.
Second, the aims of the concept note and the project document are different. The concept note is focused on describing the proposed theme of the HDR and soliciting the opinions of key stakeholders about the theme. The focus of the project document, meanwhile, is to gauge the funding possibilities for the HDR process, but also to encourage the participation of partners in other areas during the process. The project document is necessarily a more in-depth analysis of the theme and the proposed HDR process.
In the project document, the description of the report’s strategic elements should cover the following:
The project document does not need to be exhaustive, but it should enable UNDP management, other advisors, potential providers of funding and other current or potential partners to understand the envisaged content and process without burdening them with all the details. It should be more comprehensive than the concept note. The suggested length is at least 10 pages.
A flexible approach should be adopted in applying the points in the following sections, which lay out the main headings of the project document. A minimum of one or two paragraphs per point may be sufficient.
Briefly describe the context of the report. This should include the following:
Describe the theme, including the following key issues:
The focus of this section should be on providing stakeholders, potential providers of funding and current or potential partners with the means to understand that the report will find a significant niche and be able to add substantial value to the public discourse on the theme and the search for solutions to the related problems. This section should highlight the following:
The project document should explain the methodology that is expected to be applied to address the theme. The focus should be on the following:
5. The Management of the HDR Process
Describe the process planned for the preparation of the report. This should include the following:
6. The Tentative Budget
This section might take the form of one or more tables. In any case, it should describe the expected funding needs for report preparation, launch and follow-up and for other key elements in the projected HDR process. It should highlight any funding already obtained. The section might lay out two or three scenarios describing the process depending on the availability of less or more funding. To encourage funding, consider segmenting funding areas according to donor interests, such as research, data collection, outreach and so on.