Mar. 24, 2015
Jijiga, Somali Region, ETHIOPIA

In the recent decades the small towns of Ethiopia's Somali Region have seen important demographic and economic growth. This has encouraged a wealth of innovations to spread as pastoralists seek to strengthen ties with local markets. In the region, camels are the most important signifier of wealth and determinant of one’s status in the community. Whereas, their milk was mainly used for domestic purposes, one of the innovations that has spread all over the region is the commercialization of camel milk.

Mar. 23, 2015

The Zambia national workshop (23-24 March 2015) on the International Training Programme supported by UNCDF and the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) kicked off today in Kitwe City. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a learning space for participants to review their change projects, and receive technical guidance from UNCDF and the ICLD.

Mar. 12, 2015
New York, USA

At the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women, UNCDF, UNDP, UN Women and the Government of Sweden co-hosted an event on gender and local economic development entitled “ Gender and Local Economic Development: Unlocking Domestic Capital for Women’s Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship.”

Mar. 09, 2015
For immediate release


In the context of the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Sweden, UNCDF, UN WOMEN and UNDP are organizing a high-level event on:

Gender and Local Economic Development: Unlocking Domestic Capital for Women’s Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

11 March 2015

Mar. 06, 2015
Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) gathered key stakeholders of the Kalemawe agricultural dam in a one day participatory planning workshop. The UNCDF's Local Finance Initiative (LFI) programme based in Tanzania is supporting the rehabilitation of the Kalemawe dam to be owned and operated through a private public partnership framework.

Mar. 03, 2015
Katmandu, NEPAL

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and MetLife Foundation have partnered to develop a more inclusive, efficient and interconnected digital finance sector to help low income households in Nepal. MetLife Foundation’s grant of $250,000 USD will go toward enhancing Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P), a global financial inclusion programme for economically disadvantaged people.

Feb. 23, 2015

Mobile Money for the Poor and MicroLead, two flagship global thematic initiatives at UN Capital Development Fund, are hosting a joint learning event in Uganda in February 2015. Partners will be exposed to expertise in agent network management, savings group linkages, smallholder farmer initiatives and mobile network operator perspectives, as well as have the opportunity to share and learn from each other.

Feb. 12, 2015
Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA

This United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) call for investment proposals is the first in Tanzania under the Local Finance Initiative (LFI) programme which is being implemented in partnership with the government of Tanzania through the Prime Minister’s Office – Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Governments (PMO-RALG).

Feb. 12, 2015

A l’invitation du Directeur régional pour l’Afrique de l’Organisation Internationale du Travail (OIT), l’UNCDF a participé, à la retraite des directeurs de la région Afrique de l’OIT, qui s’est tenue, le 7 février 2015, à Alger (Algérie). L’UNCDF avait été sollicité pour une communication sur le thème de « Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and strategic parternerships » en mettant l’emphase sur les partenariats, notamment, entre les deux organisations.

Feb. 12, 2015

UNCDF’s Regional Office for Asia and The Pacific organized a two-day ThinkShop on January 20-21, 2015 held at the Australian Embassy in collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), titled “Enhancing the Role of Finance in Expanding Equal Opportunities for Women to Access, Use and Benefit from Real-Economy Markets.” The event was held in the framework of UNCDF’s Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme, which ai