The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is launching its redesigned and restructured website, featuring a new design that will also be optimized for mobile devices, including tablets.
The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG) aims to strengthen local governance and enhance decentralized services in Somaliland and other regions of Somalia. The JPLG coordinates its work with central and local governments, five UN partner agencies (ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN Habitat, and UNICEF), numerous development partners, as well as the private sector and communities. Activities are financed by Denmark, DFID, EU, SIDA and Switzerland.
UNCDF participated, alongside other UN agencies, in the second session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing at the UN Headquarters. The Committee was established under the auspices of the UN General Assembly and is tasked to prepare a report by September 2014 proposing options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives.
UNEG, the United Nations Evaluation Group, just announced its new Strategy for 2014-2019.
It outlines how the Group will continue to support its members and partners as they strengthen the independence, credibility and use of evaluation and how UNEG will inform UN reform processes and cooperate with the global evaluation community.
Focusing on individual countries in each case study, the Better Than Cash Alliance Case Study Series highlights specific examples of shifts to electronic payments by government agencies, businesses or development partners.
Each case study documents the extent of the shift and the factors that have helped or hindered it, in order to provide insights which are relevant to a wide readership interested in how to shift from cash to electronic payments. The first in the series focuses on Mexico.
After five years of partnership with the UN Funded Joint Program for Local Governance-JPLG the Somaliland City Municipality has seen a dramatic improvement in public infrastructures.
This was informed by the Hargeisa Municipal JPLG Coordinator Engineer Abdiqadar Abdilahi Ali during an exclusive interview with somalilandsun in Hargeisa where he also informed that though the first phase of JPLG covering five years has ended and the donors have extended it for a similar period.
Improving the availability of financing for low income consumers and clean energy businesses, and greater collaboration between those working to break down barriers to energy access in Asia and Africa, emerged as key priorities from the inaugural CleanStart Connect forum.
UNCDF’s Head of Policy Nicola Crosta delivered a keynote speech in the opening session of the conference on “Good Governance and the post-2015 Agenda”, sharing the panel with representatives from National Governments and international organizations.
In his remarks - building on UNCDF’s ‘Inclusive Future’ report - Mr Crosta insisted on the urgency to tackle inequality and the importance to ensure that the emerging post-2015 development framework will be conducive to inclusive growth.
Social protection has emerged as a key development priority and an important target for ending poverty. It has gained particular momentum since the recent global financial and food crises, and the growing awareness of poor people’s vulnerability to climate- related disasters.
We stand at a critical juncture, where access to clean energy determines whether or not children go to school, women are freed from menial labour, farmers improve their productivity or communities have access to information.
As part of UNCDF’s global CleanStart programme, CleanStart Connections examines how people access and use energy and what is being done to offer better solutions, with this first edition focusing on Nepal and Uganda.