According to the Report’s accompanying Human Development Index (HDI), Africa has experienced one of the most significant improvements in human development. Between 1990 and 2018 life expectancy increased by more than 11 years. For the first time this year, an African country – Seychelles – has moved into the very high human development group. Others are rising in the ranks as well. Four countries – Botswana, Gabon, Mauritius and South Africa – are now in the high human development group.
For starters, a relatively low national income is no excuse for inaction. Countries with fewer resources at their disposal might take inspiration from Seychelles, which espoused free compulsory 9-year schooling which has created a highly literate population and a high level of human development as shown by the HDI which has continued to improve over the years.
The United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the governments of Mauritius and Seychelles, has launched a regional project to restore coral reefs in both countries.
On 5 December 2019, we celebrate International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. It is an opportunity to highlight the work of volunteers around the world who make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the community in which they invest their talents and energy.
Despite reforms initiatives brought in the public service over the years, the government of Mauritius is fully conscious that the unprecedented and rapidly changing environment triggered by the digital and 4th industrial revolution requires a paradigm shift, not only in the manner Government establishment is organised and operates, but also, in the organisational culture, behaviour and attitude of public officers.
Building job skills & empowering the next generation of food growers on Rodrigues Island, Republic of Mauritius, through an organic farming school.

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