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Let’s make 2015 a turning point for youth participation

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Youth should be part of the development agenda. Photos: UNDP

2015 has a special significance for all of us. We look beyond the Millennium Development Goals and feel more and more excited about the bold, ambitious and inclusive development agenda that is shaping up. It is vital to ensure that 2015 is also a turning point for youth participation. Youth are eager and ready to contribute. ... Read more

In Haiti, a neighbourhood converts ideas into innovation and opportunities

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Forty initiatives were selected and an initial capital of US$500 to $1,500 was awarded, so they could transform their "idea" into a reality. Photo: UNDP Haiti

Fort National is a very poor and dangerous neighbourhood of Puerto Príncipe, a neighbourhood identified with high crime rates, violence, and large numbers of weapons. The mere mention of its name sets off alarm bells, warning you "Do not enter".

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on innovation in development practice.... Read more

Africa: Navigating the grey scale

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To transform economic growth into shared prosperity, African countries must boost employment creation. Photo: Aude Rossignol/UNDP Burundi

The recent news out of Africa offers a mix of optimism and gloom, defying simple theories that the continent is either rising or hopeless. What is missing in either of these narratives is the admission that development involves a process of ebb and flow, full of progress and setbacks.... Read more

Harnessing benefits from a cup of Colombian coffee

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Farmers in Colombia plant seedlings of native plants for a biological conservation corridor in an area of coffee farms. Photo: UNDP in Colombia

Today is the International Day of Biological Diversity, which has for me deep personal, professional and cultural significance. Working in Latin America and Caribbean region, I have witnessed firsthand the profound dependence that we all have on the natural world – especially people who work closely with the land and sea. In UNDP, we are committed to harnessing this reliance in ways that improve biodiversity and people’s lives. ... Read more

A data revolution for international financial flows?

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Foreign direct investment in Burkina Faso in 2010 amounted to US$888 million including technical cooperation, according to the OECD. Photo: UNDP in Burkina Faso

We have unprecedented data at our fingertips, yet a complete and accurate picture of international financial flows is currently difficult, if not impossible.

In this blog series, our experts share their thoughts on key financing for development issues.... Read more

The hidden aspects of women’s poverty

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A Hmong woman and her child in Viet Nam. According to UN Women, women do two and a half times as much unpaid work as men, including caring for children, the elderly and the ill. Photo: Kibae Park/UN

“Let’s make the invisible visible.”

This statement, by Argentina Minister of Social Development Alicia Kirchner, captured a recurrent theme at the global conference on women and social inclusion, recently co-hosted by UNDP in Buenos Aires. Despite gains that women have made over the past decades, there are still too many factors affecting women’s lives that are not recognized in public policies.... Read more

Permanent Beta: Six ways to innovate for development in 2015 and beyond

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Locals gather at the launch of UNDP Haiti’s LIDE project during the SHIFT Week of Innovation Action in September 2014. Photo: UNDP in Haiti

As negotiations on finalizing the new development agenda heat up, one thing is clear - delivering on these goals will require investment in innovation.

But what exactly does innovation mean in the context for development?

In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their experiences and views on innovation in development practice. ... Read more

Sustainable energy, climate change and disasters

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Energy efficient cook stoves require less wood or charcoal and thus reduce deforestation and land degradation, helping to avert landslides and floods. Photo: UNDP Burundi

In 2007, a lack of rainfall resulted in low water levels in rivers and lakes in Albania, severely hampering hydropower generation and resulting in frequent power outages across the country.

Examples such as this exemplify the relationship between energy and development, highlighting how insufficient and intermittent energy access hampers development progress.... Read more

Building back better in Nepal

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To help the micro-entrepreneurs, UNDP is allocating resources so that they can rapidly restore their businesses. Photo: UNDP in Nepal

The earthquake in Nepal is a tragedy, and there can be little consolation for the large scale death and destruction— for the lives and livelihoods lost, or for the many who are seriously injured, shattered and living in a state of fear and despair.... Read more

Eliminating discrimination: a way to mobilize the trillions needed for the post-2015 agenda

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Labour force participation of women is lower than men almost everywhere. Photo: UNDP in Honduras

While world leaders are focused on adopting a new set of sustainable development goals at the United Nations in September, a debate that has received far less attention is also raging: how to finance the new goals?

There is one way to mobilize these trillions of dollars: eliminating discrimination against women.

In this blog series, our experts share their thoughts on key financing for development issues... Read more

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