UNDP launches the 2016 human development report

Lilongwe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the flagship 2016 global human development report under the theme: “Human development for everyone”.

Speaking during the presentation of the index report held in Lilongwe at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) Wednesday, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo explained that Malawi has succeeded in developing the country in a number of areas.

She cited the fight against HIV/AIDS and the country’s life expectancy from less than 50 years in 2005 to over 63 years in 2015 which indicates an increase of 46.4 per cent Malawi’s progress on human development between 1990 and 2015.

“There has been a significant improvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS and country’s life expectancy on which the country should be proud of, this achievement signifies some good work in health care,” Resident Coordinator said.

Mia said Malawi must put more effort in improving education in rural area highlighting that teacher-pupil ratio needs to be reduced to improve education standards in the country.

“Malawi should invest more in education and rural sectors,” she said.

Minister of Finance, Economic, Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe said Malawi is not the worst in human development compared to its neighbouring countries which is a great improvement to the country.

He pleaded to Malawians not to lose hope and to work with determination by not relying on a third party.

“In human development we are much better than our neighbours, which is satisfying to Malawians, and we should not lose hope that we cannot achieve,” he said.

Gondwe concluded by saying it is possible to achieve if Malawians make decisions their own and use the little they have to develop the country.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA