1 UNDP Country Representative in Lesotho, Ms. Betty Wabunoha, said that for the first time in 32 years, the Human Development Index, which measures a nation’s health, education and standard of living, has dropped to world for two years in a row.
3 Ms. Betty noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many economies and institutions to adopt technology, adding that the socio-economic challenges that followed the pandemic revealed many innovations and skills of youth, women and other indigenous groups.
5 She further noted that the revolution in technology has created a stir and struggle among development actors to maximize perceived development benefits and opportunities.
6 Unfortunately, technology may not be the solution to all development challenges.
7 In some cases, the acquisition of technology is associated with negative development outcomes, such as job losses, exclusions and inequalities.
8 She therefore expressed her appreciation for the partnership and collaboration of the Government of Lesotho, through the Ministry of Development Planning in this process, saying that as the government initiates design for the new generation NSDP, UNDP anticipates that these human development reports could inform sectoral.
9 prioritization and expand the menu of strategic actions available to achieve inclusion and economic transformation.
10 She emphasized that stakeholders challenged UNDP to map the extent to which various development programs have been informed by previous human development reports.
11 Also speaking, the Director of the Ministry of Development Planning, Ms. Mahlape Ramoseme, said that although Lesotho’s ranking has moved only slightly since 1990, the ranking and human development index have always been on the political radar.
12 of social development.
13 He noted that in collaboration with the Ministry of Development Planning and other national partners, UNDP intends to support the development of Lesotho’s 4th Human Development Report to be published in 2022.
14 He said the technology is selected as one of the four drivers of economic growth in the National Strategic Development Plan II (NSDP II) due to the recognized potential to create employment and enhance economic competition, saying through the NSDP II, the Government of Lesotho anticipates that ‘The transformative potential of technology and innovation in production systems will improve the efficiency, effectiveness and precision of production, necessary for inclusive economic growth and job creation.
15 The Department of Science Senior Research Officer, Ms. Matšepo Masoka, said she is pleased that Lesotho has chosen technology and innovation as the theme for the National Human Development Report when there were numerous options for priorities within our development plans.
16 development to choose from.
17 She said that it is imperative to carefully consider the definition of technology and innovation in our context as Lesotho so that some of the existing, new and emerging technologies and innovations in our strategies towards human development are not left behind.
18 She said that the main goal of the NHDR is to influence not only policy, but also evidence-based policy, and said that is why there is a need to have constant data collection through research and surveys to help provide such evidence.
19 Meanwhile, there was a stakeholder dialogue on Gender and Human Development: Implications and opportunities in a changing world.
20 The Human Development Report is a flagship publication of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) whose main objective is to promote human development worldwide, by “creating an enabling environment for people to enjoy a long life healthy and creative.
21 The first Human Development Report was published in 1990 and introduced human development as a new approach to measuring progress beyond economic growth by focusing on human well-being.
22 The concept of human development places people at the center of the development process.
23 And it equates development with the opportunity for people to lead valuable lives by expanding their capabilities, freedoms and choices.