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, at a time when oil and metal exporting countries are grappling with low commodity prices. Major infrastructure ventures and rapid urbanisation (forecasted to increase from 40% in 2010 to 56%...

EU and UNDP launch a EUR 2.4 million programme to boost private sector development in the Gaza Strip

The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a new programme to rehabilitate and consolidate the Gaza Industrial Estate (GIE). The GIE is intended to work as a catalyst for industrial development in Gaza once fully operational. The new programme will be implemented by the...

EU-UNDP initiative opens first Artificial Limbs Center in Egypt's North West Coast

The Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) inaugurated today the Artificial Limbs Center in Marsa Matrouh on the North-West Coast, the first of its kind in this area, which will serve the inhabitants of the...

New UNDP, European Investment Bank accord signed to boost cooperation to reach Global Goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting collaboration toward achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. EIB President Werner Hoyer and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark signed the accord in...

One third of the workforce in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in precarious jobs: UN report

Lower taxes on formal sector employment and increased investments in skills training and social care are needed to reduce inequalities With 37 million people in informal or vulnerable jobs – the equivalent of a third of the working population -- social safety nets in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia are...

European Girls' Rights Week. Empowering Young Women: A Key to Sustainable Development

By Randi Davis, Director of the Gender Team of the United Nations Development Programme, for the Girls' Rights Gazette/European Girls' Rights Week Two young women in Kosovo, frustrated by the low percentage of women in the technology sector, launched Girls Coding Kosovo, a non-governmental organization that...