Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs for accelerating Africa’s industrial transformation, says the African Economic Outlook 2017

African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017. The Outlook is produced annually by the AfDB, OECD and UNDP.

Funding the SDGs in Resource-Rich Countries

The EDI is a composite index made up of three weighted components – the extractive sector’s contribution to export earnings, fiscal revenues and GDP – and ranges from 0 to 100 with 100 being the highest dependence score.

UNDP Africa Presents its Latest Knowledge Products to the African Group of Ambassadors to the UN

New York — UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa convened a high level event hosted by the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations on Tuesday 16 May 2017. Billed as a knowledge building and sharing event, the meeting, which was attended by more than 100 participants, including 16 Permanent...

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.

Learning from experiences of others – Knowledge Management for better results

In doing its work, UNDP’s programmes are informed by past experiences and lessons from interventions implemented, wherever the organisation has a footprint, to address emerging issues and new realities– whether in the form of policy support, capacity building, technical advice or knowledge brokering. The issues that define development are unique from country to country and region to region – from climate change to conflicts – the knowledge generated from UNDP’s interventions, when managed efficiently and utilized effectively, has the potential to give the organisation an even more unique character.

Statement by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye during the Government of Gambia's Retreat on Building Capacities for Collective Leadership

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure and honor that I am attending, on behalf of UNDP, this high-level government seminar on collective leadership. The Gambia is entering a phase of renaissance. The trauma has been deep as it lasted 23 years, almost a generation. It will take sustained...

Stabilizing vulnerable communities in Nigeria is key for easing dependency on humanitarian aid

The Lake Chad basin in Nigeria is on the brink of famine. For seven years, Boko Haram insurgents have descended on communities, driving people from their homes and killing thousands. The level of destruction is breathtaking. But more shocking is the vulnerable position survivors are in now. There are 5.7 million...

How to save Mozambique from disasters [PHOTO STORY]

People in Mozambique are feeling the impacts of climate change. Natural disasters such as droughts, floods and cyclones are hitting the country hard. However, communities are not prepared for the repercussions. Many locals depend on the environment for their daily needs and disasters increase the risk of them falling into poverty.

Oceans of fortune, oceans of peril

In the run up to the Ocean Conference in June, this blog series explores issues related to oceans, seas, marine resources and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life below water. On Africa’s West Coast, the ocean is everything. For thousands of years, its bounty has provided food for families,...

Climate change fuels fires. Protecting property, lives & the environment by promoting resilience to wildfires in South Africa

Climate change portends bigger wildfires that are more difficult to control. As a result, wildfire management is becoming more important in order to reduce the damage to people, the economy and the environment.

UNDP and GSMA partner on mobile technology for global development goals

Abidjan, 27 April 2017 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the GSMA are joining forces to harness the power of mobile technology to accelerate implementation of the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end...

"Growth without resilience is but the ruin of the economy" Abdoulaye Mar Dieye Interview with Financial Afrik

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye Growth without resilience is but the ruin of the economy  Financial Afrik: Many African countries have engaged in medium- or long-term emergence programmes. What is your overall analysis of the situation? This is a topical issue. I am aware of a total of 27 African countries engaged in a...

World Malaria Day 2017: millions of bednets reach remote and high-risk areas of Chad as rainy season looms

New York, 25 April —13 million people will soon receive long-lasting insecticide treated bednets in some of the hardest to reach and conflict-affected regions of Chad. As regional insecurity continues to affect population movements in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund...

Averting famine in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen [Photo Story]

North-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for US$4.4 billion by July to avert “catastrophe” in the four countries.

Healing the physical and emotional wounds of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [Photo Story]

After more than a decade of conflict in which rape has been used as a weapon, sexual violence is sadly a fact of life for both women and men in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese men and women are working courageously to eradicate this scourge. Here are some of their stories.

UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator

New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator. Mr Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General...

Tribute to Helen Clark – leaves UNDP after eight years as Administrator

New York – The following is a statement on behalf of President of the UNDP Executive Board, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on the departure of Helen Clark as Administrator of UNDP: “Helen Clark today completes her time as head of the United Nations Development...

Statement by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye at UNDP Farewell Reception for Helen Clark

UNDP Farewell Party for Helen Clark Statement by M. Abdoulaye Mar DIEYE, UNDP Regional Director New York, 18 April 2017   I have been attending, lately, a series of Farewell parties for Helen Clark. I have heard a bouquet of testimonies on her leadership skills, her political acumen and her phenomenal human touch. No...

More than two million Liberians register to vote, almost half are women

Approximately 2.1 million Liberians have registered to vote in the upcoming October 2017 presidential and legislative elections, according to provisional results. Almost half of those registered are women. Voter registration was conducted between 1 February and 14 March 2017. Incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reached the two-term limit for presidential office, which means a new president will be elected, as well as members of the House of Representatives by the end of 2017.

Keynote Speech on Accelerating Structural Transformation and Human Progress in Africa by Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon

It is my great pleasure and honor to present this keynote speech at this follow up event to the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s development (TICAD VI) on the theme “Achieving the SDGs in Africa through Structural Transformation” that is co-hosted by the Government of Japan, JICA, United...

 UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway lauds Liberia’s Ebola survivors and Response Workers
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway lauds Liberia’s Ebola survivors and Response Workers

The Crown Prince is an advocate for UNDP’s efforts to assist Member States achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1- to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. His visit to Liberia is an opportunity to see first-hand the country’s progress in Ebola recovery, in consolidating peace, and plans for taking forward the SDGs.

ICEA 2017 ends with call to build on dynamic of emergence and institutionalize its platform for exchanging knowledge

Abidjan, 31 March 2017 — The second edition of the International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) has concluded after three days of discussions on the theme of implementing plans for emergence in Africa. ICEA 2017 began its work on Tuesday, 28 March, after the opening ceremony chaired by H.E....

Helen Clark calls on African countries to mobilize for the effective implementation of their plans for emergence

Abidjan, 29 March 2017 — Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), attended the opening ceremony of the Second Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) yesterday. The ICEA, the first edition of which was held in Abidjan in March 2015, is intended to be an exchange...

Helen Clark Opening Speech at the Second International Conference on the Emergence of Africa

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Opening Speech at the Second International Conference on the Emergence of Africa Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 28 March 2017  I am very pleased to join H.E. Alassane Ouattara, the President of Cote d’Ivoire, in welcoming you to this second International Conference on the Emergence of...

African Disability Forum formally registered, boosting disability rights on the continent
African Disability Forum formally registered, boosting disability rights on the continent

For the first time ever, Africa now has its own legally recognized umbrella grouping of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to ensure that decisions concerning disabled people are taken with and by persons with disabilities, their families and their organizations at pan- African, sub-regional, national and local levels. The African Disability Forum (ADF) was formally registered on 15 March 2017 by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Statement by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye at the Eighteenth session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa

Eighteenth session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa First Joint Meeting of RCM-Africa and UNDG UN system Support to Harnessing Demographic Dividend through investments in the Youth Dakar, Senegal, 25 March 2017   Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I am delighted to be part of this very first...

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report
World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled. A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often unmeasured, barriers to catching up. A stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all. These are the findings of the Human Development Report 2016, entitled ‘Human Development for Everyone’, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report finds that although average human development improved significantly across all regions from 1990 to 2015, one in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.

Many left behind by human development progress in sub-Saharan Africa, UNDP Report finds
Many left behind by human development progress in sub-Saharan Africa, UNDP Report finds

Women, girls, youth, the unemployed, people living in rural areas and those in conflict-affected areas are being left behind in myriad ways. Sub-Saharan Africa is losing around a third of human development outcomes - higher than any other developing region – to inequalities in health, education and economic opportunities.

Gambians are ready to rebuild their country
Gambians are ready to rebuild their country

Gambia has long been fraught with deep social and economic inequality. More than 60 percent of its people live in poverty. Data from Gambia Bureau of Statistics indicate that almost 30 percent of the active labor force is unemployed, with slightly higher unemployment rate in the rural areas (31.1 per cent) than the urban area (28.4 per cent). Moreover, unemployment is highest for the youth (39 per cent).

600 Burundian youth fixing roads to help rebuild peace
600 Burundian youth fixing roads to help rebuild peace

Since December 2016 more than 600 Burundian young women and men wearing t-shirts printed with the message “I commit to peace for my country” have been busy rehabilitating roads, and cleaning and constructing drainage systems in parts of the capital city Bujumbura to help build stronger community ties to reinforce peace.

World Water Day - Lake Tanganyika, what the future holds

Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s natural wonders. Holding about 17 percent of the globe’s surface freshwater, it is also the oldest and the deepest lake in Africa. Bordering four countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia), it offers a source of livelihood for over 10 million people.

Renewed commitment and a sub-regional approach needed for peace and stability in Central Africa, says UNDP

Brussels, 14 March 2017 – Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international partners, prioritize peacebuilding and development of border areas, boost citizen’s engagement and participation, and improve governance...

Opening address by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye at the Regional Experience-Sharing Workshop On Senegal’s Emergency Community Development Programme

Mr. President of the Republic, Mr. Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Government, Ladies and Gentlemen, Ministers of the Countries represented here, Ladies and Gentlemen, Representatives of the Institutions of the Republic, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Dear...

Greening charcoal production in Uganda
Greening charcoal production in Uganda [PHOTO STORY]

Efficient conversion technologies and sustainable land management practices save forests and livelihoods.