Sustainable human development in the Philippines after Haiyan
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler talks to Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Previous to working with the UN, Grynspan worked in government, serving as the Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She also worked as Vice-Minister of Finance, Coordinating Minister of Economy and Coordinating Minister of Social Affairs.
Grynspan also immersed herself in the field of development, working with the UNDP over the years. Most recently, Grynspan sat as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2006-2010.
An advocate of development, she has geared her work towards reducing inequality and empowering women. Her achievements include heading the design of Costa Rica‘s National Plan Against Poverty and prompting the filing Human Development Reports for Latin America and Caribbean.
Grynspan talks to Rappler about her view of sustainable development in the Philippines, particularly in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The challenge, she says, lies in working with the communities to determine the best ways to rebuild and recover according to their particular needs.
For Grynspan, development that is not sustainable is not development.
Watch the full interview below.