Local Development Finance
Today UNCDF celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Much has changed in the world since UNCDF’s founding in 1966, and while its programmes have evolved over the years, its guiding mission has remained very much the same: making finance work for the poor.
Representatives from UNCDF's local development finance team attended the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 21st Ministerial Conference in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
The event is an annual meeting of GMS ministers. The meeting provides policy direction for programme and oversees progress in identifying and implementing "results-oriented" subregional cooperation initiatives.
UNCDF leverages its innovative financing models under SDG 17 on the means of implementation to contribute to SDG 1 on poverty eradication with a focus on reaching the last mile, and addressing inequalities of access.
Toucountouna is a commune tucked in the north of Benin. It takes a whole day’s trip by car from Benin’s coastal strip to reach through bumpy roads and potholes. The fact is that the closer you get to the northern part of Benin, the less paved roads there are, which poses a great problem when the rainy season starts and increases the risk of flooding and mudflows that can damage homes and other infrastructures.
The impacts of climate change pose a significant threat to local livelihoods and economic activities across Tanzania. In response to these challenges, the government of Tanzania has joined forces with partners from the civil society and other governmental institutions to launch the ‘Decentralised Climate Finance programme’ to bring climate adaptation funding to local communities, making sure they play a part in deciding how these resources are spent.
The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) organized the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) Annual Review Workshop in the Chitwan district, Nepal on 19-20 April 2016, with the district and the Village Development Committee (VDC) level stakeholders from the LoCAL pilot districts of Dhading and Rupandehi.
UNCDF has been actively supporting the de-concentration and decentralization efforts of the Government of Lao PDR for over a decade. The National Governance and Pubic Administrative Reform Programme (NGPAR) is a multifaceted approach that has been adopted by the Government of Lao PDR, which consists of four interlinked projects.
Takeo province, which is in the southwest of Cambodia and shares an international border with Viet Nam, could be considered the “last mile” in local development. Also known as the “cradle of the Khmer civilization,” the province is subdivided into 10 districts, 100 communes and 1,117 villages, with many of its population depending on subsistence farming, fishery, rice and fruit cropping to live. The rural household depends especially on the province’s rich agriculture and its related subsectors.
Cambodia is one of the first countries to pilot the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) mechanism. The Local Governments and Climate Change (LGCC) were designed to support the capacity of the Local Government to implement Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) to increase the resilience at the local level.