Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

Last May, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (USCFR) organized a briefing session on the situation in the Sahel. Among the invited participants, UNDP stressed the need for broad and concerted action to confront the surge in violent extremism and bring development-based solutions to the region affected...

Benin embarks on the production of non-polluting energy from agricultural residues

By 2021, 76,651 MWh of electrical energy will be produced through biomass gasification, avoiding 67,070 tons of CO2. Some 500 green jobs will be created in biomass gasifiers, sustainable forest and land management with at least 50% of the jobs created for women. In the meantime, over 5,000 rural households and small commercial/industrial enterprises will be connected to electricity services by the project end.

UNDP joins forces with IBM on tech skills development for Africa’s young workforce

Johannesburg, South Africa - IBM is investing $70 million in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to...

Ending corruption can boost sustainable development
Ending corruption can boost sustainable development

Combating illicit financial flows, building up capacities in public administrations and encouraging partnerships with the private sector are some of the initiatives that could be implemented in the fight against corruption. These were some of the solutions offered by panelists who participated in the seventh Maendeleo Policy Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Corruption as an impediment towards SDGs achievement: What must Africa do?”.

Conference on the Emergence of Africa: the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and Key stakeholders discuss the 2017 edition's agenda

As part of the preparations for the 2nd International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) to be held from 28 to 30 March 2017 in Abidjan, the Minister of Planning and Development, Mrs. Kaba Nialé, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Babacar Cissé, met with...

Greening charcoal production in Uganda
Greening charcoal production in Uganda

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

Is there a better way to measure resource-dependence?

There are strong arguments for reducing resource-dependence − from declining terms of trade for commodity exports and volatility in their prices to potential weak governance and poor environmental and social safeguards associated with extraction.

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Bringing youth together to innovate is key to development in Africa

Central to the 28th African Union Summit that takes place in Ethiopia this week and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2017, is this question: How do we harness the dividend from the continent’s current youthful population?

65 Muslim scholars commit to tackling the spread of violent extremism in West and Central Africa

To help address the threat of violent extremism in their regions, 65 Muslim scholars from West and Central Africa have committed to actions that include more transparent mosque management, the participation of women and youth in decision-making processes, and training of religious leaders and institutions to deliver content more effectively.

Helen Clark: Statement to the First Regular Session of the UNDP Executive Board

Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, Colleagues and friends, I welcome you all to this first regular session of the UNDP Executive Board for 2017. Let me begin by congratulating H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on his election as President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS...

Remarks by Ruby Sandhu-Rojon Deputy Regional Director for Africa Joint UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

Remarks by Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon Deputy Regional Director for Africa at the Joint UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board Mr. President of the UNDP Executive Board, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Representatives of the Governments of Botswana and Chad, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I am pleased...

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Journalist from Burkina Faso awarded with Zimeo Award for reporting on Sustainable Development Goals

Journalist Nourou-Dhine Salouka was awarded with Zimeo Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 8 December, in Nairobi, Kenya. From Burkina Faso, Salouka won the SDGs Reporting category with his news article about Samandollé, a small village in Burkina Faso that is struggling with scarce water resources and sanitation services.

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Training religious leaders about preventing violent extremism in Cameroon

Since 2014, Cameroon’s security crisis, caused by Boko Haram, has exposed the vulnerabilities and obstacles that undermine integration of disadvantaged groups, especially women and youth. To prevent youth from being radicalised, UNDP trained religious leaders from the Far North Region of Cameroon on how to identify radicalisation and how to speak with radicalised youth.

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South Africa: Engaging people to share their experiences on impact of laws

Since August 2016, South Africans have had the chance to participate in public hearings about how laws passed since 1994, the first year of the African National Congress government, have affected their lives.

Opening Remarks by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye at High-Level Event on Uganda’s Transformational Approach to Refugees and Host Communities

"It gives me great pleasure to participate in this important event on “Uganda’s Transformational Approach to Refugees and Host Communities: Dealing with Multiple Vulnerabilities. We are here today to mobilize support for Uganda’s forward-looking and innovative Theory of Change."

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National human rights bodies playing key role in advancing Africa’s rights agenda, says study

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have become an integral part of the structure for the human rights protection system in Africa, a report released on 21 October by the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) has shown.

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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.

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...

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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.

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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?

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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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.