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Title: Human Development reports
Description/subject: Links to the Human Developemnt Reports form 1990 plus Other Resources: Global Reports... Regional Reports... National Reports... Occasional Papers.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNDP (UN Development Programme)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 September 2016

Title: UNDP in Myanmar
Description/subject: "UNDP works in Myanmar under a mandate from its governing body which focuses UNDP activities at programmes with grassroots level impact in the areas of basic health, training and education, HIV/AIDS, the environment and food security. In response to this mandate, which was first laid down in a Governing Council decision in June 1993 and reaffirmed by subsequent Executive Board decisions [LINKS], UNDP is delivering its assistance through a programme known as the Human Development Initiative, or HDI. The HDI is a set of projects which is currently providing assistance to poor rural communities in 23 townships in 6 different regions of the country in the thematic sectors outlined int the Governing Council/ Executive Board decisions. The HDI focuses on helping poor communities to meet their basic social and food security needs, on promoting participation by all segments of the community in collective decision-making, and on building community capacities to plan and implement their own self-help activities. Through its activities and processes, HDI activities focus on the following four UNDP Practice Areas (UNDP focuses globally on 6 Practice Areas, the other two being Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and Information and Communications Technology). Poverty reduction Governance at the local level The environment HIV/AIDS In addtion to the HDI's grassroots community-based activities, the UNDP Executive Board also gave its approval, in September 2002, for UNDP to undertake an agricultural sector review and an integrated assessment of household living conditions. Both these new initiatives are based upon a recognition of the need to obtain more comprehensive information on the various factors influencing the livelihoods and well being of people and communities, particularly the rural poor, in order to identify causal factors and options for measures to address them."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Individual Documents

Title: MIXED MARITIME MOVEMENTS in South-East Asia in 2015
Date of publication: March 2016
Description/subject: Summary: "In 2015, mixed maritime movements in South-East Asia were characterized by two distinct phases: from January to May, when the volume crossing the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea was significantly greater than during the same period in previous years; and from June to December, when such movements all but disappeared following the abandonment of thousands of refugees and migrants at sea in May. Some 1,600 refugees and migrants were estimated to have departed by sea from the Bay of Bengal in the second half of 2015, 96% less than in the second half of 2014. By contrast, the 31,000 departures estimated in the first half of 2015 were 34% higher than in the first half of 2014. Refugees familiar with the route told UNHCR in interviews that the sharp decline in departures in the second half of 2015 was a result of increased scrutiny by—and of —authorities at both departure and arrival points and harsher conditions upon arrival, as demonstrated by the discovery of mass graves and the continued detention in Malaysia of the hundreds of refugees who disembarked in May. In total, approximately 33,600 refugees and migrants travelled through South-East Asia in mixed maritime movements in 2015, including approximately 1,000 who either crossed the Strait of Malacca or attempted to reach Australia from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam. Mixed maritime movements originating from the Bay of Bengal in particular continued to result in scores of deaths at a fatality rate three times higher than in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2015, approximately 370 refugees and migrants who departed from the Bay of Bengal are estimated to have died before reaching land, mostly from starvation, dehydration, disease, and abuse by people smugglers."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB), html (103K)
Alternate URLs: https://unhcr.atavist.com/mmm2015
Date of entry/update: 03 April 2016

Title: Human Development Initiative 2010 (UNDP Myanmar)
Date of publication: 2010
Description/subject: CONTENTS: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT THE CENTRE - MDG 1: Organized Initiatives for the most Vulnerable; Self-Reliance Groups in Action; Mentoring for Success; Community Leading Development... FINANCING RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Boosting Rural Finance; From Disaster, to a Hopeful Future; Every One Count... SOWING THE SEEDS OF LIVELIHOODS: Uniting Efforts for the Poores; Advancing Recovery; Rebuilding Livelihoods... REDUCING THE IMPACT OF DISASTERS: Preparation, Preparedness, and Response; Safe Shelter; Northern Rakhine State Flooding and Landslides; Cyclone Giri... ENSURING EQUALITY: Engendering Development; United against Discrimination; Living lives with Dignity; Youth Action... FOCUSING INTERVENTIONS: Sustainable Future; Healthy Lives; Education for All... UNITED PARTNERSHIPS... THE ROAD AHEAD... FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN BY PROJECT... FINANCIAL DETAILS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Format/size: pdf (4.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2012

Title: Human Development Report 2009 - Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development
Date of publication: September 2009
Description/subject: "Migration not infrequently gets a bad press. Negative stereotypes portraying migrants as ‘stealing our jobs’ or ‘scrounging off the taxpayer’ abound in sections of the media and public opinion, especially in times of recession. For others, the word ‘migrant’ may evoke images of people at their most vulnerable. This year’s Human Development Report, Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development, challenges such stereotypes. It seeks to broaden and rebalance perceptions of migration to reflect a more complex and highly variable reality. This report breaks new ground in applying a human development approach to the study of migration. It discusses who migrants are, where they come from and go to, and why they move. It looks at the multiple impacts of migration for all who are affected by it—not just those who move, but also those who stay. In so doing, the report’s findings cast new light on some common misconceptions. For example, migration from developing to developed countries accounts for only a minor fraction of human movement. Migration from one developing economy to another is much more common. Most migrants do not go abroad at all, but instead move within their own country. Next, the majority of migrants, far from being victims, tend to be successful, both before they leave their original home and on arrival in their new one. Outcomes in all aspects of human development, not only income but also education and health, are for the most part positive— some immensely so, with people from the poorest places gaining the most. Reviewing an extensive literature, the report finds that fears about migrants taking the jobs or lowering the wages of local people, placing an unwelcome burden on local services, or costing the taxpayer money, are generally exaggerated. When migrants’ skills complement those of local people, both groups benefit. Societies as a whole may also benefit in many ways—ranging from rising levels of technical innovation to increasingly diverse cuisine to which migrants contribute. The report suggests that the policy response to migration can be wanting. Many governments institute increasingly repressive entry regimes, turn a blind eye to health and safety violations by employers, or fail to take a lead in educating the public on the benefits of immigration. By examining policies with a view to expanding people’s freedoms rather than controlling or restricting human movement, this report proposes a bold set of reforms. It argues that, when tailored to country-specific contexts, these changes can amplify human mobility’s already substantial contributions to human development. The principal reforms proposed centre around six areas, each of which has important and complementary contributions to make to human development: opening up existing entry channels so that more workers can emigrate; ensuring basic rights for migrants; lowering the transaction costs of migration; finding solutions that benefit both destination communities and the migrants they receive; making it easier for people to move within their own countries; and mainstreaming migration into national development strategies. The report argues that while many of these reforms are more feasible than at first thought, they nonetheless require political courage. There may also be limits to governments’ ability to make swift policy changes while the recession persists..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Format/size: pdf (3.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 10 October 2009

Title: Future Assistance to Myanmar: DP/2001/27
Date of publication: 14 September 2001
Description/subject: Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme and of the United Nations Population Fund Distr.: General 11 July 2001 Original: English Second regular session 2001. 10-14 September 2001, New York. Item 5 of the provisional agenda. Country cooperation frameworks and related matters. Future assistance to Myanmar. Note by the Administrator. Summary: The current phase of UNDP assistance to Myanmar is expected to be concluded at the end of 2001 in line with Executive Board decision 98/14. The present report is submitted in pursuance of decision 2001/7, in which the Board requested the Administrator, taking into account the findings of the independent assessment mission to Myanmar, to submit at the earliest possible date, a proposal for continued UNDP assistance to Myanmar in accordance with the guidelines provided in Governing Council decision 93/21 and Executive Board decisions 96/1 and 98/14. The attention of the Board is drawn in particular to chapter III, which provides an outline of proposals for Board action in relation to future assistance to Myanmar.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Executive Board of UNDP and UNPF
Format/size: pdf (45K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Human Development Initiative Support Project
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (1801K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003