UNDP Award for Chhattisgarh Jan Rapat

30 Apr 2007

New Delhi, 30 April 2007: Jan Rapat, the State Human Development Report of Chhattisgarh has been given one of the five 2007 Human Development Awards. The award will be presented in New York by the UNDP Administrator, Kemal Dervis on 20 June.

The UNDP Human Development Awards are a biennial opportunity to publicly recognize the contributions of National and Regional Human Development Reports to informing and influencing development policy and practice The Chhattisgarh Human Development Report has won the award in the category of Excellence in Participation and Capacity Building Process. Jan Rapat is a joint initiative of the Government of Chhattisgarh, the Planning Commission and UNDP. The report was published in 2005, and covers the period 2001-2005.

The Chhattisgarh Report is joined in the spotlight by the Asia-Pacific Human Development Report ‘Trade on Human Terms' along with national entries from China, Costa Rica and Guinea-Bissau.

The Awards, that recognize the best regional and national studies of advances and obstacles in the global campaign against poverty and inequality, are hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its role as the UN's global development network.

The winners were selected from over 50 entries by an international panel of judges: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, President Jorge Quiroga of Bolivia, Dr. Gita Sen of India, and Princess Basma of Jordan.

"I really want to commend the people involved in producing these Human Development Reports because they provide the hard facts, the insight and the inspiration urgently needed in our efforts to help people realize their potential and to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis.

Insights emerging from the State Human Development Reports are intended to assist in improved development planning and action at the state level with a view to enhancing the quality of long-term solutions. The winning Indian entry articulates villagers' human development needs and perceptions by drawing on nearly 19,000 ‘Jan Rapats', or People's Reports, from across the State of Chhattisgarh. The village Jan Rapats were collated by a team of experts and the analysis was presented in district level reports that formed the basis of the State Report.

More than 6,000 sangwaaris (women and men) were selected and trained to carry out this exercise. At the village level, extensive discussions were held in groups. There was a minimum of four to six group discussions in each village, so that everyone got an opportunity to articulate their concerns. The discussions covered natural resources (water, forests and land), livelihoods, education, health and well-being, society and institutions and other specific issues.

China's 2005 Human Development Report, an assessment of the nation's progress in confronting the destabilizing wealth gap between its urban and rural communities, won the award in the category of "excellence in policy analysis and influence."

The UNDP award for Excellence and Innovation across HDR corporate principles for a Regional HDR went to the Asia Pacific Human Development Report 2006, "Trade on Human Terms: Transforming Trade for Human Development."

The Costa Rica Human Development Report won the award in the category of "Excellence in Human Development innovations-concepts or measurement". The report highlights the links between insecurity and human development while the Guinea-Bissau entry considers the relationship between political reform and reaching the Millennium Development Goals. The Guinea-Bissau report received the award for Excellence in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

Special recognition' awards will also be presented to Afghanistan and Liberia for developing Human Development Reports in crisis contexts; Brazil for innovation in measuring progress towards the MDGs, and Guatemala for its focus on indigenous people.

"Many of the reports are very brave.They tackle issues previously considered taboo, such as racism, inter-ethnic conflict, and discrimination against minority groups," said HRH Princess Basma. She also praised the practicality of the reports: "They put forward possible solutions and alternative development strategies that would lead to more equitable and socially inclusive paths to development,"she said.

Details of all the winning Human Development Reports can be found at: http://hdr.undp.org/nhdr/outreach_advocacy/hd_awards.cfm