Montenegro gains international recognition for excellence in human development reporting

Dec 6, 2016

Aleksandra Višnjić, project manager who received the award on behalf of UNDP Montenergo

New York, 6 December 2016Montenegro received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Human Development Reporting, which recognizes outstanding achievements in crafting and promoting human solutions to development challenges. At a solemn ceremony held at the UN Headquarters in New York, the award was presented by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office.

Out of 50 national and regional human development reports published in the last four years, an evaluation panel appraised and selected 4 winners: Montenegro, Chile, Uganda and Sri Lanka. The four awardees represent outstanding examples of outreach and engagement with communities, organizations and institutions to develop the reports, and communicate findings in ways to influence political debate in countries.

This award recognizes the 2013 National Human Development Report People are the real wealth of the country. How rich is Montenegro?” published by UNDP with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The report has been selected because of the innovative way it explored human capital.

At the award ceremony, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator emphasized that “Montenegro has been active on human development reporting, releasing its seventh national human development report this year. The 2013 report put discussion on human development and its links to human capital firmly on the national agenda, and engaged citizens in discussions about major development issues.” She also pointed out that the report was turned into a TV series which featured eight citizens from across society discussing human development questions like ‘what values do we want our children to develop’ and ‘is equality between men and women important’.  

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, who is also UNDP’s Good Will Ambassador said that “Human Development Reports place an emphasis on understanding people’s lives and their aspirations.  And they recognize that development is complex, interlinked and multi-faceted. These two tenets have, together, been instrumental in explaining why human development thinking has improved understanding, and policy making, in many countries.”

“The way we tackled human capital raised the bar in understanding its importance for the overall human development. Other studies narrow down human capital merely to education and employment, but we wanted to capture its full scope. So we broadened the topic with human ability to gain and apply knowledge and practical skills responding to changing environment, heritage, values and aspirations, social capital, inventiveness, entrepreneurship and risk-taking, solidarity, etc. i.e. all the dimensions that make us humans productive,” said Aleksandra Višnjić, project manager, who received the award on behalf of the UNDP in Montenegro.  

The findings of the report were 'translated' into a TV talk-show serial with 28 one-hour episodes broadcasted over the period of 7 months. The show “I have an opinion” in which ordinary people discussed human development topics such as: their vision for the country in 2030, aspirations, values we want our children to nourish, employment, education, family life satisfaction, etc. was produced and aired free-of-charge by Atlas TV, with Duška Pejović as an editor and anchor. 

“National Human Development Reports have always informed Global Human Development Reports and their analysis and recommendations can now play an important role in the dialogue around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These reports are the result of committed efforts to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and help understand disparities within a society,” said Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report Office.



Together with partners, UNDP in Montenegro is actively pursuing human development. Since 2005, our country office produced national reports which made a significant impact both for the country and for the people. This year we published an NHDR on Informal Work which has already influenced key policies and reform programmes to tackle grey economy. Two years ago we issued an NHDR on resource efficiency which paved the path for the country’s sustainable development agenda.



Montenegro 2013 HDR ‘People are the real wealth of the country’. How rich is Montenegro?’

This report assesses the country’s progress in creating and using human capital from a human development perspective. It represents an outstanding example of how citizens can engage in discussing major development issues: the report led to a TV show running for seven months, which involved a cross section of citizens discussing key human development questions such as equality between men and women. Beyond the public debate, the report has been used in policy-making including informing the EU accession policy documents and Montenegro’s National Employment Strategy.  

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