Doi moi and Human Development in Viet Nam wins the UNDP National Human Development Reports’ Award in the Exellence in Policy Impact.

Dec 10, 2002

Ha Noi - A panel of distinguished judges has chosen the Vietnam National Human Development Report for a special commendation for the first ever Award for Human Development. The awards was presented at a ceremony hosted by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mark Malloch Brown and Goodwill Ambassador Nadine Gordimer in New York on 9 December.

This first ever Vietnamese produced Report on Human Development in Viet Nam was launched in  2001. It was prepared by a team of Vietnamese socio-economic researchers under the leadership and coordination of the National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, with the advisory support of UNDP Viet Nam. The report convincingly argues that the broad-based doi moi reform process launched in 1986 has been, in effect, a very successful process of expanding choices for furthering human development in Viet Nam.  The report also presents, for the first time, a rich new data base on provincial level human development indicators, distinguishing between Viet Nam's 61 provinces and major urban areas, to help guide policy makers and public expenditure allocations in Viet Nam. In addition, the Report uncovers a number of new and important findings on socio-economic and human development disparities in the country. 

UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Jordan Ryan  warmly congratulated the national team that worked on the Report. “The selection process was highly competitive with almost 100 nominations from national human development report teams,” Mr Ryan said. “The team well deserves Special Commendation for  the Excellence in Policy Impact award. Aready the Report has brought about attention on human development in the country’s high-level policy debates.” (anh Huy, would you agree with this?).  Mr Ryan also reiterated UNDP’s continued support for Viet Nam in preparing the next Human Development Report which will be entitled “Making economic integration works for the people”.

The other National Human Development Report Award winners for 2002 are:
Nepal 2001: “Poverty Reduction and Governance"
For Excellence in Support of the MDGS
Chile 2002 "We the Chileans: A Cultural Challenge"
For Excellence in Human Development Innovations – Concepts and Measurement
Bolivia 2002: "Political Capabilities For Human Development"
For Excellence in a Participatory and Inclusive Process
Botswana 2000: "Towards an AIDS-Free Generation"
For Excellence in Policy Impact

And for Excellence in Quality of Analysis, two reports were selected:

  • Arab Human Development Report 2002 "Creating Opportunities for Future Generations"
  • Indonesia 2001 " Towards a New Consensus: Democracy and Human Development in Indonesia "

In an effort to recognize the growing global efforts to address development challenges, UNDP last June established the Awards for Human Development. After thorough evaluation of candidates, the winning reports were chosen based on excellence, courage and creativity. The awards also include the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development, which, unlike the others, go to a world leader. The panel picked President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil as this year’s winner. The Mahbub ul Haq Award is named after the Pakistani economist who pioneered the human development approach and founded the global Human Development Report. UNDP will present the Mahbub ul Haq Award every other year to a Head of State or world leader who has successfully put human development at the heart of the political agenda.

The panel of judges included Princess Basma Bint Talal of the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development, Kwesi Botchwey of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Moisés Naím, former Venezuelan Minister of Trade and Industry and Editor of Foreign Policy, Gita Sen of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics, of Columbia University.  The awards programme was made possible through a grant from the UN Foundation.

Contact informationNguyen Viet Lan, (84-4) 9421495
Nadine Shamounki, (212) 906-5171 or Ana Cutter, (212) 906-6852.

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