The UAE Human Development Report

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HDR ReportThe Launch of the first HDR in the UAE, 2011-2012 (Photo: Gulf News)

Abu Dhabi’s investment is in its people is clear as the emirate showcases its development plans, and programmes in the first UAE Human Development Report (HDR). It was adopted as a way to advance human development within the region and reflects Abu Dhabi's developmental accomplishments. The report reflects the developmental accomplishments of the past forty years within the fields of education, health and in improvements to the standard of living.
 
The Abu Dhabi HDR is co-produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Department of Economic Development. It is the first report of its kind to focus on the emirate's achievements and challenges looking forward.

The true measurement of the economic success of a country is the development of its people and improvements in their standard of living. The HDR recognises the success of some of Abu Dhabi’s economic and social development programmes, and suggests improvements in certain areas. The report finds that although the average number of years spent in education in the UAE was comparable to other countries, the literacy level amongst blue collar and domestic workers was much lower.

The report acknowledges Abu Dhabi’s conscious investment in its people, specifically in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Both of which are essential to the diversification of the economy, and generation of human and economic infrastructure that is essential for sustainable growth. Abu Dhabi is rightly committed to reducing the reliance of its economy on oil; a limited resource.

Nasser Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED), said: 'the goal of this report was not to prepare a theoretical, academic research paper, but to provide a living instrument to trigger public debate, urge policy formulation and respond to people and government hopes in raising awareness among citizens on the challenges facing the emirate at a time of worldwide crisis.'

The UAE’s United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, said that the report is principally for decision and policy makers to understand what policy options are at their disposal in their development model, when they set out to achieve a certain target. “It is also an instrument to stimulate debate amongst people. Citizens need to be aware of where their country is going, where they stand and how to achieve what they want.”

The report aims to broaden the base of the national debate on human development beyond traditional financial growth, by diagnosing the current status of human development in Abu Dhabi. It suggests innovative policies to decision-makers in their quest for reforms that will allow the UAE to achieve the best development opportunities.

The findings of the report are not just a world class academic work, but they serve as a reference in the development progress of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as it assesses the strengths and weaknesses within its society.

Highlights

•       The HDR report reflects the wisdom and confidence of the leadership of Abu Dhabi in giving significant priority to building human talents, and optimising national resources to shape it into a globally recognised capital city

•    It showcases the development plans and programmes adopted to advance human development within the region and reflects on the developmental accomplishments ofthe past forty years within the fields of education, health and living standards

•    The report found that although the average number of years students spent in education was comparable to other countries, the literacy level of students in Abu Dhabi government schools was lower

•    The report aims to broaden the base of the national debate on human development beyond the traditional factors of financial growth, and to diagnose the current status of human development in Abu Dhabi

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