Mar 28, 2014Fast Facts: Youth Civic Engagement and Participation in Politics and Public InstitutionsAcross the world, youth remain at the margins of the political, social and economic mainstream. Yet, youth engagement and participation is central to achieving sustainable human development.
Apr 28, 2014Fast Facts: Development and Extractive IndustriesBy focusing its development work on extractive industries, UNDP supports countries to reduce the risks and realize the benefits of resource extraction. Some countries have managed their extractive industries successfully. They have diversified their economies, ensured backward and forward linkages with other industries or enterprises, tackled corruption and conflict and invested in human and physical capital.
Oct 1, 2012Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction and Local DevelopmentAchievements toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are often made through local actions – in villages and towns, provinces and regions. Local actors – community leaders, local government officials, civil society activists, farmers and entrepreneurs – know best what does and does not work in their communities and they should have the voice and support they need to work their way towards a better life. At the same time, local development should be embedded in the national development process.
Jun 17, 2011Fast Facts: Private SectorThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that many of the world's development challenges can be overcome with the help of vibrant economic growth driven by private enterprises that create jobs, generate tax revenues and provide vital goods and services for the world's poor. Towards this end, UNDP works with the private sector to harness the transformative power of market forces for the benefit of disadvantaged people globally.
Jan 28, 2013Fast Facts: Poverty ReductionUNDP focuses its poverty reduction efforts on supporting countries to accelerate progress towards MDGs and making growth and trade work for everyone. Protecting advances that have already been made, as well as accelerating and sustaining progress requires far-reaching changes. In the face of global shocks, crises and climate change, reducing the vulnerability of nations takes on renewed importance.
Sep 25, 2012Fast Facts: Millennium Development GoalsMore than a decade after the Millennium Declaration, there have been noticeable reductions in poverty globally, significant improvements in enrolment and gender parity in schools, reductions in child and maternal mortality and increasing HIV treatments.