In the Post-2015 Development Agenda, three factors emerge as critical means of implementation of global goals: (1) science, technology and innovation (STI), (2) broadband connectivity and (3) financing.
In order to foster the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), Benin is organising the Ministerial Conference on New Partnerships for Productive Capacity Building in LDCs. The Conference will identify new and innovative partnerships to support efforts of LDCs to strengthen their productive capacity, which is the first priority area of the IPoA. It will also focus on appropriate means of implementation. Some issues, like gender and women empowerment, employment and sustainable development, will be cross-cutting.
The UNCDF team conducted a monitoring visit to the Davah Livestock cooperative in the Ararso woreda. This cooperative has its origins in nine livestock income generating groups established with UNCDF support during the first year of the UN Joint Programme on Public Service Delivery and Accelerated Development in the Developing Regional States.
On July 11th, UNCDF attended the High-Level side event Empowering Countries through Evaluation: Evaluation as a country level tool for the new development agenda as part of the Fourth Development Cooperation Forum.
The Puntland Government Cabinet under the leadership of President Abdulwali Mohamed Ali Gaas approved the Decentralization Policy. This marks an important step in achieving one of the aims that the Puntland Government has been pursuing in recent years – to devolve local service delivery to district governments.
Manjuara Khatun’s nightmare started last year when her husband lost his legs in a sudden traffic road accident. The injury rendered him unable to work thus throwing her world upside down.
Life was already tough for Manjuara, who had to drop out of school after the primary level due to the death of her father, as she had to scramble to find a work. Opportunities were so few and far between that local authorities could not provide any support for her, and finding a way to make a living became increasingly difficult.
The Deepening Decentralization Programme (DDP) in Lesotho, supported by the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), is set up to promote decentralized service delivery for social and economic growth through the development of a transparent funding mechanism and by improving the accountability of local authorities.
In rural areas, Mozambique continues to experience food insecurity, regularly aggravated by extreme climatic events. Specifically, and according to SETSAN (Mozambique’s Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition) reports, Gaza province socio-economic indicators highlighted extreme pools of poverty, where climate conditions – i.e. extreme dry and rainy seasons- have contributed to increase the vulnerabilities of communities and households to food insecurity and malnutrition.
As part of the regular visits of the President of Puntland to examine how governmental institutions are functioning, Dr. Gaas visited the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on 7 July 2014. The president held meetings with the Minister of Finance to discuss domestic financial issues, including fiscal management, application of strict financial integrity and increasing revenues to address national needs.
As part of its growing involvement in cross-border cooperation in West Africa through the Local Cross-Border Initiatives (LOBI) programme, UNCDF was invited by the UEMOA Department of Territorial Planning to take part in a workshop in Abidjan from the 23rd-25th June 2014, to validate the provisional report of a new UEMOA programme to develop the cross-border zones of West Africa.