Making the SDGs work for key populations in Africa

More than 50 members of the Africa Key Population Experts Group gathered this week in Johannesburg to take stock of progress since the group’s inception four years ago, and explore strategies to ensure that HIV, health and rights programming under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is inclusive of men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs and sex workers.

Stopping Illicit Financial Flows to boost growth in Africa
Stopping Illicit Financial Flows to boost growth in Africa

To control illicit financial flows (IFF) in Africa, there is need for new continental mechanisms to regulate transfer pricing, public tax transparency and fiscal disclosure rules for multinationals and private individuals.

Promise Or Peril? Africa’s 830 Million Young People By 2050

Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat. 2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded...

Three social innovators receive awards to improve access to safe water in Ghana
Three social innovators receive awards to improve access to safe water in Ghana

Three social innovators – Saha Global, TREND and CONIWAS – have received grant awards totalling US$ 112,000 to implement initiatives that boost access to universal safe and affordable water in Ghana.

UNDP trains Angola’s election observers and civic electoral educators ahead of 2017 polls
UNDP trains Angola’s election observers and civic electoral educators ahead of 2017 polls

As nearly 9.5 million Angolans prepare to go to the polls on 23 August, UNDP is working with the National Electoral Commission (CNE) to train more than 1,500 civic electoral education promotors and 1,289 national electoral observers through a partnership with the Angolan Electoral Observatory (OBEA), an alliance of over 50 civil society organizations.

Accountability systems, disaggregated data and coordination needed to boost gender equality in Africa, say RECs
Accountability systems, disaggregated data and coordination needed to boost gender equality in Africa, say RECs

To help break barriers to gender equality in Africa, there is need for better coordination among regional and continental institutions, accompanied by robust accountability mechanisms to ensure that commitments to women’s empowerment and gender equality are met.

Africa’s defining challenge
Africa’s defining challenge

Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it’s growing fast. By 2055, the continent’s youth population (aged 15-24), is expected to be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million.

Addressing legal barriers to fast-track the HIV and TB response in Africa
Addressing legal barriers to fast-track the HIV and TB response in Africa

Six years after the first Africa Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law and five years since the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law was released, over 140 advocates are gathering this week in Johannesburg, South Africa, to take stock of progress on the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations and discuss how to overcome challenges that remain in the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) response.

US$ 23.7 million emergency assistance needed
Republic of the Congo Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan for 138,000 people in distress in Pool region

The food security and nutrition analysis which was conducted in June 2017 revealed that more than half of families are affected by food insecurity and face great difficulties in accessing food and meeting their basic needs.

YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 — Introductory Remarks by Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa

Kigali, 21 July   Meet the Leaders—Expanding Opportunities for Youth Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE Regional Director, UNDP Africa Your Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Honourable Ministers of Government from Rwanda and the continent, Under-Secretary-General Kituyi, Jack Ma, Excellencies, Dear...

Reporting progress on the 2030 Agenda: Navigating through the maze of the 17 goals [BLOG]

As countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they face competing demands. There is the desire to embrace the entire framework as a whole on one hand, and the need to be practical and focused to achieve each goal, on the other. As UNDP supports SDG reporting at the country level as well as in the global arena, part of our role is to help countries tackle this and other challenges along the way.

UNDP and Sauti Sol team up for the Global Goals in Africa.
UNDP and Sauti Sol team up for the Global Goals in Africa. Video spot asks: What do you want to see By2030?

In the video spot the four Sauti Sol band members Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno explain that African governments signed up to achieve the 17 Goals by 2030, and what the band members themselves would like to see happen by 2030.

Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards
Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

These 15 winning enterprises were selected by an independent Jury of International Experts out of more than 300 applications. The innovative enterprises are active in the sectors of agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, biodiversity conservation and tourism.

Mauritius Marshall Plan aims to eradicate poverty and exclusion
Mauritius Marshall Plan aims to eradicate poverty and exclusion

This is a result of the Social Integration and Empowerment Bill, enacted as part of the country’s Marshall Plan Against Poverty, an ambitious reform plan specifically designed to address persistent pockets of poverty and social exclusion in the high-income country.

Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?
Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?

The APRM was set up in 2003 by African Union Member States as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance, and socio-economic development in countries, and ensure policy conformity. 36 of the AU’s 55 members have acceded to the APRM, and 21 have been peer-reviewed at the Head of State and Government level.

Towards better statistics to measure Africa’s governance, peace and security
Towards better statistics to measure Africa’s governance, peace and security

African Union (AU) member states are now ready to employ electronic data capture on governance, peace and security (GPS) surveys, enabling them to produce harmonized and quality data on these issues in a timely and efficient manner, and inform policy responses.

The first Africa Data Revolution Report focuses on mapping the data ecosystem in Africa

This first edition of the biennial Africa Data Revolution Report aims to address issues on the process of transforming data ecosystems, from the status quo to an aspirational state where data from both conventional and new sources are being harnessed to better inform decision-making and enable sustainable development with contributions from diverse data communities.

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

The report analyses the political, economic and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancement and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap. These include addressing the contradiction between legal provisions and practice in gender laws; breaking down harmful social norms and transforming discriminatory institutional settings; and securing women’s economic, social and political participation.