UN study - Dominican Republic is weak in health and education
DominicanToday.com - A diagnosis presented yesterday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says Dominican Republic lags in its goals to improve the education and health sectors, as well as in reaching more fairness in the population and lower poverty.

 

 

The findings support the complaints on the country’s unfair social structure, and whose notable economic growth doesn’t lead to the spread of wealth and the growth of a middle class.

The study - conducted at the request of Economy minister Temístocles Montas-notes little progress in improving living conditions among Dominicans, a weak social policy, and an economic growth which spurs social exclusion, whereas in education and health it stresses deficiency and low financing.

In the report’s presentation UNDP Human Development Office coordinator Miguel Ceara-Hatton said the study also lists the Dominican Government’s strengths in those sectors and proposes a term of 20 years to improve them through a process of citizen empowerment.

The two year long investigation, aimed at raising the level of debate on development policies, took into account the aspects of social policy, education, health, jobs, social security, urban sprawl, justice and law, the Haitian situation and social cohesion. "The fair access to opportunities must depend on the State of Law and not on a discretionary power, as it currently does. For it, the social policies must be oriented toward make the rights effective, create capacities in the people so they can be whom they want, to aspire and value life."

Go back | Date: 23 Jun 2010
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