By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: To promote and support human development policies in the Gulf Region, a workshop on ‘Methodology and Measurement of Human Development in the GCC Countries’ opened yesterday in Doha organised by the Qatar Statistics Authority and the UNDP.
“The challenges we face in Middle East is also mainly in Human Development, we have to address this challenge with the support of statistics and data,” said Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar Statistic Authority opening the three-day workshop.
“The significance of this workshop is to focus in deepening human development,” he further said.
He also explained that three new measures were added to measure human development: the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, the Gender Inequality Index and the Multidimensional Poverty Index.
The workshop is designed to create understanding of the new standards to help concerned attendances prepare human development reports, make human development report teams’ and political analysts’ capacities for using human development indicators.
“Legal and political rights are not only can make social justice but the best is human development,” said Milorad Kovacevekmen from the Human Development Report Office.
“Economic development matters for countries but what really matters is the development of human resources,” he added.
The participants at this work shop are representatives of statistical authorities, human development report teams in the GCC Countries, the United Nations Development Programme Office in New York and the Regional Office in Abu Dhabi.
This workshop on ‘Methodology and Measurement of Human Development in the GCC Countries’ will look deeper into the issues of human development measures, provide a number of technical notes for the 2010 Human Development Report.
It will also address issues related to adapting to new indicators. This is to make it suitable for all countries, and then enabling them to make a better contribution to the ongoing development of human development indicators.
It will also focus on creating understanding of some important issues, such as the human development concept, the features of human development’s new indicators, the role of national, regional and international information providers in providing human development data, encourage adaptation as well as using human development measures in support and planning.