How do you unlock the immense potential of youth?

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Nearly 300 million youth are underemployed in low-end or dead-end jobs. Trapped in low productivity and low paid jobs, they hover on the border of poverty. Photo: UNDP Sri Lanka

This region is home to about 670 million youth. But about 220 million of them -- of which a disproportionately large share are female -- are missing. They are neither studying nor working, and youth unemployment rates are on the rise.… Read more

Making every voice count

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Creating ‘virtuous circles’ of empowerment between institutional reformers and engaged citizens is what PAPI is about.

A few weeks ago I was fascinated to learn that local authorities in Da Nang have harnessed the power of social media to make their coastal city cleaner, greener, and more beautiful.… Read more

Hand in hand, we are stronger than Winston

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Even as they lament the losses, people especially the youth are busy at work, clearing debris. Photo Tova Andersson / UNDP

In the aftermath of TC Winston which struck Fiji in February, my mind was prepared for the destruction, having seen the photos. But there is a huge difference between pictures and witnessing first-hand the destruction of a village, following a storm surge.… Read more

The exciting future of volunteerism from the South, for the South

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Many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South. Photo: UNDP India

The volunteering sector has greatly evolved over the last few decades. From originally being a North-South model, many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South.… Read more

How Asia and the Pacific is leading the way on the Sustainable Development Goals

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With the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we saw a vision of a sustainable, peaceful world take shape.

I have been surprised by the readiness with which many countries have moved forward with the Agenda 2030. In the Asia-Pacific region most governments have started working on the Agenda only three months after the official start date!… Read more