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UNDP Transformation Series

The UNDP Transformation Series gathers progressive ideas and voices on achieving the 2030 Agenda through UNDP's Strategic Plan.


Indonesia’s green sukuk

Climate Change is the defining challenge of our time. The current and projected impacts of climate change are already changing the lives of entire populations and threatening to reverse human…  


Business goals and SDGs go hand in hand

More and more companies recognize the SDGs as levers for innovation, growth and better competitive performance. If we are to achieve the Goals by 2030, it is not a question of whether to involve the…  


Unleashing the potential of Islamic finance and impact investing for the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer new investment opportunities for the private sector, which will be vital to help address the SDG financing gap - roughly US$2.5 trillion.  


Zakat for the SDGs

Zakat is one of the largest forms of wealth transfer to the poor and needy in existence. Inspired by the Muslim faith, Zakat is now a global phenomenon of relevance and not only in Muslim majority…  


From crowdfunding to development platforms: 8 ways to make use of a networked world

It’s impossible to eradicate poverty – a complex phenomenon – without connecting different areas of expertise and partners across a wide range of thematic issues.  


The fourth sector: Can business unusual deliver on the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are impossible to achieve unless we figure out how to resolve an inherent contradiction between two realities.  


Innovative financing and regional dialogue are central for a thriving ‘blue economy’

The concept of ‘blue economy’ is gaining momentum. It is all about using ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving ocean and coastal ecosystem health.  


The only way to reduce risk is to understand it

As climate change continues to exacerbate the impact of natural hazards, the importance of valuable and contextually appropriate risk information cannot be overstated. According to Swiss Re’s…  


Mobile tech for global goals

When I started working and living abroad, staying connected to family and friends back home in Kenya was important. The mobile phone has been instrumental in facilitating this communication, and more…  


Tracking SDG progress is a team effort

For the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to become reality, countries must be able to measure their progress and report back to their citizens and to the wider world. The 2030 Agenda provides…  


In eastern Ukraine, a platform for recovery

The violence in eastern Ukraine has caused total disruption, killing 10,000 people and displacing a further 1.6 million. It has also struck the heart of the economy.  


Nine keys to creating an SDG Country Platform in Indonesia

Did you know Indonesia is the second most generous country in the world, with a whopping 79 percent of people having donated funds in the last month? Together with domestic private investment, which…  


How will we navigate towards 2030? We’ll be using MAPS!

The 2030 Agenda champions a new way of thinking about development that embraces the symbiosis between social, economic and environmental sustainability. Doing business as usual - focusing on one…  


In Somalia, seeking to ensure drought never again turns into famine

Continuing urgent, life-saving response is vital, but only long-term development gains will lift the country out of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity.  


Artificial intelligence and the future of our work

Marking the coming of the fourth industrial revolution, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is permeating every major industry from healthcare to transportation, education, finance and insurance.  

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