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Fulfilling the promise

On a straw mat on a hot day in the courtyard of a Buddhist pagoda in 1992 was the first time I understood the mighty reach of the Universal…


Fighting corruption for global peace, development and security

9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day, which provides an opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to fight corruption.  


The pros and cons of ethical debt instruments

In May, the World Bank issued the world’s first bond linked explicitly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Labelling them “SDG bonds”, the bank raised 163 million euros from institutional…  


More than philanthropy: SDGs are a $12 trillion opportunity for the private sector

Inclusive business practices can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while opening up new market opportunities for companies The vast majority of the reports, papers or articles about…  


How technology is helping India move toward smart service delivery

An innovation being rolled out by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making the jobs of thousands of health care workers across the country more efficient and helping to secure the…  


How do you inspire entrepreneurship in a conflict-affected region?

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has not only disrupted everyday life in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk but also led to staggering unemployment. Out of 23 major enterprises in Luhansk region,…  


Africa: To get the future we say we want, we’ve got to get rid of corruption

One just needs to look at the newspaper headlines across Africa to see the continent’s struggle with corruption: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, all have seen corruption and bribery rise recently.…  


It’s time for a climate revolution. Can the Paris Agreement take us there?

A year ago, against all expectations, delegates in Paris agreed on a ground-breaking new deal to take action on global warming. In less than a year, the agreement came into force and was ratified by…  


The challenge: How can international co-operation help to put sustainable development at the core of business models?

The private sector has always been an essential actor in development, credited with fostering wealth, innovation and jobs – and many a time blamed for negative externalities. So in this new era, what…  


Timely rejuvenation of the African Peer Review Mechanism?

Six years before the 2014 Burkina Faso uprising, the country’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report identified “omnipresent weight and domination of the majority, which seems to ‘block’ the…  


Fighting corruption in infrastructure – a must for achieving the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, world leaders from 193 UN member states gathered in New York to adopt the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To achieve this universal agenda, we’ll need robust and…  


Capacity development – the only sustainable way to implement the Paris Agreement

On September 22, 2016, Uganda became one of the first African countries to ratify the Paris Agreement - a milestone that made me reflect on the two years I spent in the country as the UNDP Climate…  


Making natural resource revenue sharing work

Despite a peace agreement signed last year, Libya remains embroiled in violent conflict. At the heart of the conflict is oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of government revenue. The vast…  


Why should you care about public procurement reform?

Public procurement reforms have been rolling out since the 1990s in Africa. Targeting better efficiency – but also more accountability and integrity – in the management of public resources, these…  


Like clockwork: Creating transformational action for the climate

Have you ever seen the inner workings of a mechanical watch? It’s really quite remarkable – a masterpiece of an inter-locking mainspring, gear train, balance wheel, escapement mechanism and indicator…  


On International Anti-Corruption Day: Development vs. corruption

The 9 December International Anti-Corruption Day is probably a day of resolve, of fight against injustice, but also a day to feel good about. Many activists, civil society organizations, and honest…  

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