Following on from the New York-organised event last year, the 2014 UN Evaluation Week was held recently in Bangkok bringing together Evaluation Units and Offices from across the UN as well as key regional stakeholders from different Bangkok-based UN agencies. UNCDF was well represented by UNCDF Bangkok Regional Office staff, who also played an important role in helping organize the event.
UNCDF has been a long-term development partner of Bangladesh. Over the past three decades UNCDF has helped Bangladesh meet its development challenges by focusing initially on local agriculture, and then more recently on decentralization and local service delivery. In order to scale up promising innovations tested in previous pilots, UNCDF and UNDP developed the Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) and the Upazila Governance Project (UZGP), to reduce poverty by increasing local government capacities and improving service delivery.
The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is launching a Request for Application for its MicroLead Expansion programme. In support of UNCDF’s commitment to financial inclusion, the MicroLead Expansion program seeks to support leading Financial Service Providers (FSPs)/Technical Service Providers (TSPs) with savings-led methodologies to expand their operations/services to new and underserved markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
L’UNCDF (United Nations Capital Development Fund) lance un appel à candidatures pour son programme d’expansion de MicroLead. Ce programme, destiné à soutenir l’engagement de l’UNCDF en matière d’inclusion financière, vise à assister les principaux prestataires de services financiers (PSF)/prestataires de services techniques (PST) avec des méthodologies axées sur l’épargne afin qu’ils puissent développer leurs activités/services sur de nouveaux marchés d’Afrique subsaharienne ayant un accès limité aux services financiers.
Le document portant sur la Stratégie Nationale de Finance Inclusive (SNFI) 2014 – 2018 du Niger a été validé par les principaux acteurs du secteur (ministères techniques concernés, partenaires techniques et financiers, banque centrale, banques classiques, systèmes financiers décentralisés, compagnies d’assurances, sociétés de transfert d’argent, opérateurs de téléphonie mobile, cabinets d’audit, associations professionnelles d’institutions financières, associations de consommateurs de services financiers,..).
In Malawi, Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) is supporting banks and mobile network operators interested in developing or improving innovative savings products for the poor. In this effort MM4P commissioned in partnership with FinMark Trust a study to investigate the various saving mechanisms currently used by the poor and to identify the main challenges and opportunities for the expansion of savings. This study, undertaken by Oxford Policy Management Ltd. in association with Kadale Consultants Ltd., was also conducted in Lesotho and South Africa.
In the framework of the joint UNDP-UNCDF Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) and Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP), three batches of trainings on financial decentralization and local development, conducted by the Hague Academy for Local Governance, took place in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to increase the awareness of central and local government officials, as well as UN staff, on the importance of gradually but steadily moving towards decentralization for ensuring a more equitable and sustainable development in the country.
How to achieve a resilient and sustainable food supply in the near future? How to best support the development of sustainable cities and food systems? The “City-Region Food System and Sustainable Urban Development”, a half day conference organized by the FAO and the International Sustainability Unit of the Prince of Wales Charities, gave the opportunity for participants and different stakeholders to debate about these questions and identify viable steps towards a sustainable city-region food system.
The Government of Nepal’s Central Bank- the Nepal Rastra Bank signed a 5-year long project called Support to Financial Inclusion in Nepal through the Access To Finance (A2F) with UNCDF on 25 March 2014, for a total amount of over 8 million USD funded by UNCDF and DANIDA. The Project will be nationally implemented by the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Government of Nepal (GON) with UNCDF providing technical advisory services and implementing some activities delegated by NRB.
“To manage performance you must first measure it!” In Lao PDR UNCDF, working with UNDP, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning & Investment, have been actively promoting effective and sustainable local development by strengthening and empowering local district administrations to do the job themselves.