A sidelined youth: The soft underbelly of ‘Africa rising’

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Youth learn IT skills at a training centre in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone. Photo: Natsuko Kaneyama/UNDP

Africa is experiencing a period of exceptional economic performance, but impressive growth rates are not yet translating into higher human development for all. Put simply, the growth is not inclusive.

A key obstacle to Africa's long-term prosperity, productivity and stability is the crisis facing the continent’s youth. Young people in Africa are economically, socially and politically marginalized. This failure to deliver for a growing and restless youth is the soft underbelly of the “Africa rising” narrative. ... Read more

Haiti at a turning point

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Elections in 2011 in Haiti, where there has been significant progress in restoring confidence in the political process. Photo: UNDP Haiti

Haiti will reach a major historic milestone this summer. Starting 9 August, some six million Haitians will choose 1,280 representatives for local administrations, 140 mayors, 139 Parliamentarians and finally, their President, in several rounds of electoral processes that could last until the end of the year.

It has not been easy to arrive at this moment. The Haitian people have been waiting three years for these elections. A Parliament has been absent since January.

Haiti has made significant strides to restore confidence in the political process and to hold these elections on time. The electoral council, appointed in January, has been impressive in taking on several challenging technical, logistical and financial tasks aiming to ensure a credible, inclusive and transparent process. ... Read more

Through better giving, improving lives

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Approximately 28 million people live below the poverty line in Indonesia. Photo: Panasonic

As the fasting month of Ramadhan – a time of introspection and good works – comes to a close, it seems appropriate to reflect on the ways we can better strive to help those who need it most.

Engaging with givers is vital to development success, and only through better cooperation between stakeholders both public and private can we ensure that no one is left behind.... Read more

A new development model to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges

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Kazakhstan is becoming a donor to other countries. Photo: UNDP in Kazakhstan

As economies boom in developing countries across the world, and many of these countries graduate to Middle Income Country status, the landscape of development is being fundamentally reshaped.

We are now witnessing a range of more nuanced and complex development situations, which call for a new approach to meeting some of the world’s toughest development challenges.

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

Co-financing for health and development – an affordable innovation

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UNDP has piloted a co-financing methodology in the area of HIV, health and social protection in four sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania. Photo: UNDP in Ethiopia

The implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will call on countries to be more resourceful than ever, including improving efficiencies and leveraging increased domestic resources in innovative and cost-effective ways.

How can innovative financing find critical synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals while saving money?

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

Eleven countries, one commitment:
Youth inclusion

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More than 160 million Latin American and Caribbean youth are fighting against the inequality between different generations in public policy. Photo: UNDP El Salvador

In Latin America and the Caribbean, there is approximately a 50 percent deficit in the share of public spending on youth in relation to other age groups, considering their demographic weight and the concept of evenly distributed spending.

This is not consistent with the fact that one in four people in the region is between 15 and 29 years old. More than 160 million youth are struggling to end the inequality between different generations in public policy.

In order to boost investment in youth and their political participation and inclusion, last month we launched the Iber-American Programme, IberJóvenes, which will initially be implemented in 11 countries.... Read more

An HIV milestone achieved in Cuba

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In Cuba, preventive services, like HIV testing for all pregnant women, contributed to the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission. Photo: UNDP

This is a momentous moment for us working in Cuba.

The World Health Organization recently declared that Cuba had eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Cuba is the first country to reach this goal and it is a great milestone for us. But it is also a landmark in the response to HIV globally.

How was Cuba able to achieve this?

Cuba’s comprehensive health system is available for all Cuban citizens equally, and is effective in integrating the health care of mothers and children with the management of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.... Read more

The macreconomics of development financing

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Mean years of schooling in countries employing relaxed macroeconomic policies are 1.5 years higher than those which adopted more restrictive policies.

During the summit on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, the world community will agree to strengthen domestic resource mobilization capacity, increase the availability of external funds, reduce the cost of sending remittances and tackle illicit financial flows.

However, all of these measures could be futile if countries adopt macroeconomic policies that are not developmental.

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

A look behind the protective gear reveals the faces of Ebola

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Photo posters of Ebola workers from the Inside Out project are showcased on the UNDP Common House in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: Anthony Headley/UNDP Guinea

Forécariah is a grueling 3.5 hour drive out of Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Although the road is only 100 kilometers, it is bustling with life. Between the potholes, the markets take over the two-lane highway’s flat surface. You could furnish your apartment just sitting in one of these notorious traffic jams in Guinea!

The excitement of the road mirrored what I was feeling about my mission once I arrived in Forécariah. Sitting in the traffic, I thought about my destination, not knowing what to expect and anticipating their reactions.

I had chosen to take the portraits of the people who work in Ebola treatment centers. To show the faces of those everyone has seen, but who have mostly appeared in their astronaut-looking suits, under their personal protective equipment.... Read more

Unlocking the potential of Mali’s youth

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Youth in Mali. Credit: Harandane Dicko / UNDP in Mali

With its youthful population and track record of civil crises, Mali is the perfect case study on the relationship between youth and stability.

Mali’s fertility rate is second only to Niger’s. Yet in a country that doesn’t provide jobs, opportunities for decision-making and a sense of purpose, this youth bulge is more likely to be a powerful demographic time bomb rather than a driver of economic growth.... Read more