Funding the SDGs in Resource-Rich Countries

18 May 2017 by By Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

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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. … Read more

Learning from experiences of others – Knowledge Management for better results

11 May 2017 by Mandisa Mashologu, UNDP Nigeria Country Director, ai.

Participants who took part in the Experience Capitalization Knowledge Management workshop in Accra, Ghana. Photo, UNDP Nigeria/Lucky Musonda
UNDP is among few large organisations with decades of delivering development solutions to millions across the world. Made up of both the people and processes as well as information systems that drive our actions, it is indeed a complex system. Over the years, UNDP has built its acumen within the UN System, governments and development partners as a trusted institution with the largest mandate to eradicate poverty, strengthen institutional capacity and promote sustainable human development. UNDP prides itself on its presence in nearly 170 countries and territories globally. … Read more

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

04 May 2017 by Edward Kallon, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative, UNDP Nigeria

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 people in northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food, most of them children. This number will continue to rise unless we act. Humanitarian aid is reaching those in need, but with the existing funding gap, assistance will soon run out and the lives of millions will be at risk. We must help them now. This crisis is exposing long-standing vulnerabilities — poverty and exclusion have just made matters worse. Seven out of 10 people lived in extreme poverty even before the crisis began. With the majority of the two million displaced being hosted in communities rather than in formal camps, the crisis has put enormous strain on an already fragile system. But it is not safe for people to go back home. Their communities are destroyed and members of the militant group Boko Haram are still at large. Stabilizing communities — both where they are sheltering now and where they … Read more

Oceans of fortune, oceans of peril

01 May 2017 by Clotilde Goeman, Regional Technical Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation and International Waters

Boats landed on DRC's coast are exacerbating shore erosion by displacing sand from the beach. Photo: UNDP
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, employment for fisher folk, remarkable sunsets that attract tourists, ports that carry goods and build economic resilience, and coastal barriers that buffer the earth, cleanse the ocean and create a more sustainable ecosystem. The ocean is hearth and home. But changes in the climate are resulting in rising sea levels, degraded fish stocks, coastal degradation, and more. Making this both an ocean of fortune and an ocean of peril.  The west coast of Africa represents a major source of revenues for its communities. In some countries, like Senegal, 66 percent of the population live in coastal areas. In addition, due to high population growth and the decreased productivity of agricultural lands in coastal zones – caused more particularly by an increased salinization of the soils – coastal communities are under ever-greater pressure and increasingly dependent on ocean resources for their survival. This results in intensive unsustainable fishing close to the coastal zones … Read more

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

26 Apr 2017 by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

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 process of emergence. I have read all 27 of their emergence plans and have had active discussions with the authorities in these countries. For the Second International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) in Abidjan, we focused specifically on a sample of 13 countries, to explore the issue of emergence more deeply. This sample was fairly representative of the economic and geographical situation in Africa. The aim was firstly to check the empirical validity of the model developed at the first ICEA in 2015 and to see whether it was being implemented. That was in fact the first time that emergence had been defined. This model hinged on a developmental state with a long-term vision and a fiscal space strong enough to support this vision. This would be reflected in a policy of structural economic transformation. The third element would be that the policies developed would have a … Read more

Gambians are ready to rebuild their country

24 Mar 2017 by Ozonnia Ojielo

Poverty, inequality and exclusion in Gambia stem from limited productive natural resources; limited resilience capacities to climate change and external shocks; disproportionate distribution of growth benefits between urban and rural areas; limited jobs for youth and women; restrictive productive assets for women; limited institutional capacity for oversight; and absence of state-supported social safety nets. There is a need to mobilize resources to address these issues and to work with the government to align resources with national priorities while addressing risks to the achievement of national development objectives. … Read more