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      • On the jobs crisis, people want to see action now | Selim Jahan

        23 Sep 2013

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        Beneficiaries of Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, the largest cash transfer programme in the world. (Photo: Bruno Spada/Brazil Ministry of Social Development)

        Sustainable and inclusive development will not be possible unless economic growth is combined with the creation of decent jobs. The International Labour Organization has warned that 470 million new jobs are needed for new entrants into the labour market between 2016 and 2030, in addition to jobs for 202 million currently unemployed people. Tackling the global jobs crisis is not an easy task; it will require bold national policies, private-sector dynamism and an enabling global framework. The discussions on the new post-2015 development agenda represent a unique opportunity to put job creation in the center of the new framework. “Growth and employment” was one of 11 themes at the heart of consultations we organized with nearly 1 million people, asking them what should replace the Millennium Development Goals after they reach their 2015 deadline. This global outreach helped us to better understand the concerns people have regarding employment; it also helped us combine and present their main recommendations to UN Member States and to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which are taking the lead in the post-2015 planning processes. And what are these recommendations from people all over the globe? Six key messages from the new report onRead More

      • Why disaster risk reduction should be a priority in our development agenda | Jo Scheuer

        23 Sep 2013

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        In Bangladesh peasants now have the resources and capacities to build back better their homes after a tropical storm and become resilient in the face of environment threats. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

        A new report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) says what many of us already knew or long suspected—that disaster risk reduction is typically underfunded, misdirected and, as a result, inadequate. The numbers speak for themselves. Over the last two decades more than $3 trillion has been spent on development aid, an astronomical number by any comparison. Yet, of this staggering amount only a fraction, $13.5 billion or 0.4 percent, has been dedicated to reducing the risk of disasters. This may sound like a significant amount of money, but when you consider that this is spread over a 20-year time period and across numerous countries, you realize that the actual per-capita annual investment is very little. To add to this, UNISDR’s Global Assessment Report 2013 states that since the turn of the millennium disasters have cost nearly $2.5 trillion in terms of damage, lost productivity and reconstruction efforts. Given the sheer size of the impact, it is shocking that we are investing so little in safeguarding development. The authors of the ODI report ask: “How much could have been saved if funding had been doubled, or tripled, or more?” This is aRead More

      • Women can be the best agents of peace — if we let them | Roma Bhattacharjea

        20 Sep 2013

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        A woman who manages a milk-chilling centre in India. A greater role for women in business helps promote long-term peace and stability. (Photo: Graham Crouch/UNDP)

        It is 21 September 2013 and the buzzword is peace. But when we talk about peace, we often think of men laying down weapons, signing treaties and rebuilding countries. On this International Day of Peace, however, we need to remember the fundamental role of women in countries affected by conflict. Remember women not as hapless victims, but as agents of change who invest in their families and communities and who have the potential to build peaceful and prosperous societies. The international community can do more to support women in accessing employment, property, markets and new skills. Supporting their financial independence may go a long way towards giving women a voice and the power to negotiate when it comes to making decisions within families and communities in even the most remote, war-torn corners of the Earth. Improving women's access to education, capital, jobs and markets promotes balanced and inclusive growth. The Asia-Pacific region loses $42 billion to $47 billion per year because of restrictions on women’s access to employment opportunities. This hurts social cohesion, stability and trust in institutions, which are fundamental for long-term peace. Women with jobs are also far more likely than men to invest their income in food, educationRead More

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