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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.


Forests: A natural solution to climate change, crucial for a sustainable future

Throughout history, times of crisis have yielded extraordinary innovation and social cooperation. Not only has this been essential for conquering many seemingly insurmountable challenges, but it has…  


Data and transparency, our past and our future

Before joining UNDP last month, I had collaborated with UNDP throughout my career – as a civil society partner, working in countries like Guatemala and Mozambique, as an OSCE elections monitor in…  


Youth and technology: 5 ways we're changing the world

As a user of digital platforms and a professional in the communications field, I see how quickly and effectively technology has opened doors, connected people from remote communities with the same…  


We are all “sailing the waves on our own” now

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples this year has a focus on migration and displacement. Indigenous peoples, who comprise less than 5 percent of the world’s population, have the…  


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.  


Building Africa’s capacities to tax diamonds with Tax Inspectors Without Borders

Domestic resources are the largest and most important source of finance for sustainable development. In the developing world as a whole, domestic revenues exceeded US$7 trillion in 2014, compared to…  


Agency, ability, access Co-designing for inclusion

We need to bring in new voices, perspectives and approaches to development. We need to mobilize global and national commitments on disabilities. These are two main messages of this week’s Global…  


More than words: Why HIV responses must put human rights centre stage

In community consultations in Nigeria, the descriptions of discrimination and violence shared by men who have sex with men and female sex workers were disturbing and extensive.  


Open government is the key to leaving no one behind

The 5th Global Open Government Summit (17-19 July) taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia focusses on civic engagement, fighting corruption and public service delivery. UNDP has supported the Open…  


UNDP remains one of the world’s most transparent aid organisations

Once more, UNDP is being ranked among the most transparent aid organisations in the world, as per the 2018 Aid Transparency Index of the nonprofit Publish What You Fund (PWYF).  


Making the most of emigration

When I first arrived in Moldova, I was surprised to learn that a quarter of its population lives abroad either temporarily or permanently.  


Towards a more proactive approach to preventing violent extremism

Violent extremism remains a persistent threat to many societies and it has spread across countries, regions and conflicts. More than ever, the world needs a strong and coordinated UN that can fulfill…  


We are right there, when and where people need us

It is still there, on a wall along the road from the Mitiga International Airport to the city Centre in Tripoli. A huge graffiti mural, saying ‘Finally we are free’. I am not sure who put it there,…  


With open government, youth can be agents of change for the SDGs

Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is to help…  


Reducing corruption could help prevent violent extremism

There is growing policy recognition that corruption is part of a multi-faceted set of drivers of violent extremism  

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