UNDP launched Kosovo Human Development Report 2010

16 Mar 2011

imageHis Excellency, mr Jakup Krasniqi, speaker of the assembly of Kosovo, at the launch of the Kosovo HDR 2010

Social exclusion as a concept, and its counterpart social inclusion, is deeply connected to the human development process. Where does Kosovo stand is the theme of the Kosovo Human Development Report 2010 was launched today, Wednesday, 16 March.

The launch of the Report - entitled Social Inclusion -  was hosted by UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Osnat Lubrani, with statements by the Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Mr. Jakup Krasniqi, Director of Swiss Cooperation Office, Mr. Samuel Waelty, the Head of UNICEF, Mr. Johannes Vedening and the Head of HANDIKOS, Mr. Faruk Kukaj.

The Report examines traditional socio-economic indicators, from poverty and unemployment to health and education, from the perspective of social inclusion. It explores how discrimination – deliberate or otherwise – affects Kosovo’s socio-economic balance, its political process and its EU-orientated policy goals.

It also identifies social groups feeling the bite of exclusion more deeply than others. These groups risk becoming Kosovo’s invisible population unless they are moved quickly up the policy prioritization ladder and made the primary focus of Kosovo’s development agenda: the long-term unemployed, disadvantaged children and youth, rural women, Kosovo-Roma, Askhali and Egyptian (RAE) communities, people with special needs.

Finally, it offers some recommendations on how the move towards a more inclusive society might be managed, as a fundamental precursor to other economic and political progress.