First Kiswahili summary edition of Human Development Report launchedListen /
The first Kiswahili summary edition of the Human Development Report was launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday.
The launch was hosted by Pwani University on Kenya's Indian Ocean shore in what is considered the heart of the coastal region where Kiswahili originated.
It is the first time that UNDP's flagship report is made available in the African language that is spoken by an estimated 150 million people.
Khalid Malik is Director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office in New York.
"Swahili is a major African language. It's a large community of people who think, practice human development matters, so it makes a big difference when you can read something in your own vernacular. It allows the message of the report to go much further, and that's the whole purpose. We now translate the report in 22 languages and I am very pleased that Swahili is one of them." (21")
Kiswahili is an official language in four African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.