The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) gathered over 120 nationwide project developers and financial institutions to a three-day technical workshop on project finance. The workshop is part of a training series UNCDF hosts each year, to inform both private and public infrastructure project developers and lenders about innovative tools in the field of project finance, and the ways UNCDF can support them through its Local Finance Initiative (LFI) Programme based in Dar es Salaam.
The regional workshop, organised by UNCDF and the International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD), kicked off yesterday with 26 participants from five African countries; Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Tanzania; taking part. The main purpose of the workshop is to review the progress of the third round of the International Training Programme and provide technical guidance to the participants as they plan and develop the content of their change projects.
Decentralisation took a small but very important step forward in Cambodia on Tuesday 7th October with the formal launch of the Local Development and Decentralised Health Services project (LDDHS).
On Tuesday 23, September 2014 - during the UN Climate Summit 2014, over 100 Heads of State, Government officials, and representatives of the private sector and civil society came together to discuss new ideas to address climate change. In his statement to the meeting Mr. Raphaël EDOU, Minister of the Environment in Benin, on behalf of H.E. Dr.
The LoCAL project in Bangladesh organized the “Annual Planning and Performance Assessment” workshop in the two piloted Upazila Parishads, Godagari and Mohonpur, respectively on 21st and 22nd July 2014. The workshops’ objective was to introduce the performance assessment of the Upazila Parishad’s core responsibility in planning and coordinating service delivery with the active participation of line agencies, Union Parishads and communities.
Fiduciary risks of providing financial support to Somalia governments have been a matter of concern for a number of development partners and sometimes prevented the provision of much needed finance for local development in this country emerging from many years of conflict and civil strife.
As part of her first visit to the field to become acquainted with UNCDF programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, the recently appointed Executive Secretary (ES)of UNCDF, Judith Karl, visited MicroLead Expansion partners in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.
MicroLead Expansion (MLE) is funding CARE and Mwanga Community Bank (MCB) in Tanzania. CARE in partnership with (MCB) is working in the Kilimanjaro region to develop and offer formal financial products and services designed for savings groups called village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).
A shared commitment to promote microfinance as an instrument against poverty and hunger has led a network of 15 African microfinance institutions and the UN’s capital investment agency to stage a joint forum on energy and water financing next month in Ethiopia.
‘Innovation in clean energy and water access through microfinance’ is the theme of an event to be hosted by the Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Addis Ababa on 30-31 October 2014.
In preparation of the Habitat III conference which is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will take place in 2016, a preparatory process has been established with its first session and a number of side events that took place in New York from the 15 to 18 September.
The new United Nations Capital Development Fund’s Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, is on her first official visit in Tanzania from 13 -16 September 2014.