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Africa: To get the future we say we want, we’ve got to get rid of corruption

As we mark the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, one just needs to peruse the newspaper headlines across Africa to see the continent’s struggle with corruption.

AEC 2016 closes with call for agriculture to be at the centre of Africa’s development

The 11th African Economic Conference (AEC) wound up in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, after three days of intensive discussions on how African countries can achieve agro-allied industrialization.

Uganda recognized at the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting

Uganda’s 2015 National Human Development Report has been announced as one of the four winners of the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting. This was announced by the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) during the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting for national...

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Sweden and the Netherlands partner with UNDP Africa on development response to growth of violent extremism

The Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands have made financial contributions of USD 3.3 million and USD 800,000 respectively towards UNDP’s regional initiative on preventing and responding to the growth of violent extremism in Africa through a development lens.

Agricultural Productivity in Resource-Rich African Countries

It is a fair to assume agricultural productivity is higher in resource-rich countries. This is because revenues from the sale of oil, gas and minerals can finance the provision of equipment, fertilizer, irrigation, credit and seed to farmers. However, agricultural productivity continues to remain modest in many of...

Launching AfHDR 2016 at AEC, UNDP stresses that women empowerment key to transforming the continent’s agriculture

According to a key finding in UNDP’s 2016 Africa Human Development Report (AfHDR) —Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa — gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa about US$95 billion a year and hampers the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth. The...

2016 African Economic Conference opens in Abuja: Agricultural transformation on the agenda

The 11th African Economic Conference (AEC) kicked off in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday with a consensus on the need to scale up the continent’s agricultural transformation to spur industrialization and inclusive growth.

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Opening Remarks by UNDP Africa Director Abdoulaye Mar Dieye at the African Economic Conference

Promoting agro-allied industrialization is an effective strategy to realize the Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063. In this regard, financing agro-allied industrialization, building value chains, using technology and innovation, and promoting more equitable capabilities and opportunities for greater growth are vital to achieve productive employment and reduction in poverty and inequalities.

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Sand and gravel lay the foundation of domestic economies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

A once neglected minerals sector may hold the key to tens of millions of jobs across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Major infrastructure ventures and rapid urbanisation are ramping up the demand for construction materials exponentially. In Africa, approximately US$360 billion in infrastructure investments are needed by 2040 to make the continent competitive and productive.

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Climate and weather respect no borders, so investing in regional climate services is a must

Developing countries in Africa are among the most affected by climate change impacts, and yet remain among the least prepared to respond or cope when disaster strikes. One of the reasons is the lack of effective climate services, the collective term for collection, analysis, distribution and application of reliable weather, water and climate information used for early warning and to manage a disaster once it has occurred.

Empowering youth by employment – UNDP scaling up YouthConnekt programme in Africa

In 2013, Rwanda launched YouthConnekt, a youth empowerment initiative. Since then, more than 13,000 young people in the country have participated in YouthConnekt debates where they have learned about work opportunities and entrepreneurship. Nearly 4,000 young Rwandans have found work through the programme. After the success of the programme in Rwanda, UNDP Africa is scaling up the programme to other African countries.

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Training legal drafting to boost African Union treaty uptake

To ensure implementation of the various African Union (AU) Treaties, legislative drafters in governments and other national policy and law-making organs must be empowered to produce clear, effective and implementable legislation and directives. To meet this need, the AU has increased the pool of legislative drafters in the Office of Legal Counsel of the African Union Commission (AUC) and among the Member States.

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Development actors must work together to maximise aid impact, says UNDP Administrator Helen Clark

Speaking at the opening of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, Helen Clark said: “Meeting the aspiration of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind” calls for strong partnerships and new ways of working together.” “The Partnership must work to unleash the untapped potential of multi-stakeholder participation”, Helen Clark said. “We can go further together than each of us can in our own silos.”

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Ready, set, innovate!

At present, in all countries throughout the African continent, "innovation hubs" are being set up with support from UNDP. Such hubs target young people who want to change the world by testing out new approaches and solutions. But how do we innovate?

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UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and global leaders convene on partnerships needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UNDG Helen Clark visits Nairobi, Kenya to participate in the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to take place 28 November–1 December 2016.

Stopping Violence against Women, the right and smart path to human development
Stopping Violence against Women, the right and smart path to human development

Some countries in Africa have made notable progress in enhancing women’s access to justice and reducing the incidence of sexual and gender based violence. In partnership with UNDP, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia and Mozambique have improved legal frameworks, response by law enforcement agencies in handling violence against women and established stronger mechanisms for providing support to survivors.

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Parsons School of Design partners with UNDP Africa

The New York-based school will provide data visualization tools for the Regional Bureau’s upcoming report on economic inequality in Africa.

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UN development chief met communities grappling with scarce and vulnerable water resources in Burkina Faso

Wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met with a rural community in Burkina Faso which is bearing the brunt of the effects of environmental degradation and deforestation in a country where scarce water resources leave the population especially vulnerable to even the smallest fluctuations in rainfall.

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Addressing radicalization and violent extremism through climate action

Climate change and violent extremism will be two of the major threats to the stability of states and societies in the next decades. In many countries in the continent (Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, etc.) climate change has significantly increased instability by over-stretching the already limited capacity of governments to respond.

UNDP Africa Launches AfHDR 2016 in New York

UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa held the New York launch of its 2016 Africa Human Development Report (AfHDR) on “Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa” on Tuesday 15 November 2016.

COP22: Action on the Paris Agreement

Taking place from 7-18 November in Marrakech, COP22 focuses on turning ambition into action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

UNDP Africa Senior Managers Begin Annual Meeting in Malabo

UNDP Africa Regional Managers began their Annual Cluster Meeting in Malabo, following a two day retreat of the Regional Bureau's Senior Economists in the same city. The meeting will focus on UNDP’s strategic repositining in a context of dwindling development assistance and of economic slowdown.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark to visit Equatorial Guinea

Helen Clark, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), will travel Equatorial Guinea from 1 to 4 November 2016.

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Paris Agreement Ratification and Entry into Force: Practical Considerations for Africa

14 African countries contributing 1.29 percent of total global emissions, and top emitters such as the United States of America, China and India were among the 75 states that helped secure the deal’s entry into force by covering 58.2 percent of total emissions. As of 25 October 2016, 16 African countries have ratified the Agreement, committing to take bold national actions to address climate change and its effects.

Sustainable development in cities is critical to achieving most of the 2030 Agenda

The progressive movement of populations to cities and towns represents a fundamental change in global development, requiring a similarly fundamental response.

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Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV

More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15–17 June this year for the third annual Regional Judges’ Forum to discuss HIV and tuberculosis (TB)-related jurisprudence as part of an ongoing initiative to sensitise senior judges and uphold the rights of people living with HIV in Africa.

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MDG Transition Report: Reliable statistics and integrated policy approach key to successful SDG and Agenda 2063 implementation

African countries will need better data, statistics, and policy coordination to ensure successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and congruence with the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

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Gender gap costs sub-Saharan Africa US$95 billion a year: New UNDP report

The newly released Africa Human Development Report 2016 finds that the gender gap is jeopardizing the continent's efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth.

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A legacy of private sector engagement in Africa

In the last 12 years, UNDP in Africa has invested into innovative programmes that produced encouraging results, incentives, and insights on how the private sector can contribute to inclusive growth through inclusive businesses and markets. UNDP’s long term goal in this area is to foster Africa’s capacity to produce and grow in line with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Social protection renews optimism for sustainable development

Social protection programmes are among the most successful development experiences the world has seen in recent years. They have proven to be key in developing countries' efforts to fight poverty and hunger, as demonstrated by the substantial progress made in poverty reduction through the adoption and expansion of social protection schemes in countries such as Brazil, Ethiopia and Senegal.