Jan. 20, 2015
Monrovia, LIBERIA

UNDP has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola workers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone.

The workers were hired at the height of the crisis to help run treatment centres, help communities prevent transmission and track people that have had contact with victims. Many worked tirelessly without pay for months as the country struggled to cope with the epidemic.

Jan. 19, 2015
Cotonou, BENIN

L’Unité d’Évaluation a le plaisir de partager le rapport de l’évaluation finale du Projet d'Appui à la Décentralisation, à la Déconcentration et au Développement Économique Local au Bénin, programme pour lequel l’UNCDF a reçu une contribution financière du Fonds Belge pour la Sécurité Alimentaire.

L’évaluation s'est avérée être un exercice très utile mettant en évidence les succès et les défis du programme.

Jan. 15, 2015

From Sept. to Nov. 2014, the Union Parishad Governance Project (2011-2016) and the Upazila Parishad Governance Project (2011-2016) were subject to an external midterm evaluation (MTE). The aim was to

1) assess the progress of the projects and the likelihood of achieving end targets in 2016;  

2) to assess relevance and progress against UNDAF 2012-2016 and the Government of Bangladesh’s (GoB) policies on decentralization and local governance;

3) and to extract lessons learnt and provide recommendations for the project implementation.

Dec. 24, 2014
Sierra Leone

En attendant leur tour, Marion Sesay et ses deux collègues bavardent à l'ombre du bureau de payement. Infirmières à l'hôpital local, elles ont droit à une prime de risque, un supplément qui leur est versé une fois par quinzaine pour les risques professionnels en période d'Ebola. « Cet argent nous aide énormément », explique Mme Sesay.

Dec. 22, 2014
Kourémalé, Guinea

Since March 2014, the Government of Guinea and its development partners have been leading the fight against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African country.

Dec. 18, 2014

The Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Pacific LDCs on graduation and post 2015 was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 16-18 December 2014. The meeting aimed at contributing to the graduation process in LDCs, exploring how this process can be backed up by strong national strategies, while mainstreaming graduation into development cooperation strategies and linking effectively with the IPoA midterm review and post-2015 development framework. The event was inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Sushil Koirala.

Dec. 17, 2014

Adjo Tapoayi is a robust 20-year-old business woman who does not let bad luck bring her down. As a YouthStart client at Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit (FUCEC) Togo, she has been able to turn her life and business around thanks in part to the financial-literacy training and loan provided by FUCEC. ”I joined FUCEC almost two years ago and learned how to manage my money and gradually meet my goal of expanding my small business.”

Dec. 17, 2014
Multiple Locations

Sharing best practices and lessons learned from financial service providers developing financial services for youth is at the heart of YouthStart. To reach this goal, the YouthStart team reaches out to a wide range of stakeholders at events organized by industry associations and international organizations. Below you can read about all these events and how YouthStart connects to the wide range of stakeholders that can play a role in improving financial inclusion and creating economic opportunities for youth.

Dec. 17, 2014
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Before Gashaw Belaye learned about Amhara Credit and Saving Institution (ACSI), he was unsure about the services it offered, as he mistrusted banks in general. A good friend convinced him to sit in on an ACSI training session, just to find out what these bankers wanted. ”I did not know what to expect. But I am so glad I went because my life has changed since that very first session.”

Dec. 16, 2014
Marrakesh, Morocco

Between 2010 and 2050, the number of the urban population in Africa will very likely more than triple, reaching about 1.3 billion people, hence translating into a 58% urbanization rate. Urbanization will only become an asset if African cities will be able to face the challenges of implementing coherent planning policies, improve the access to basic services, promote economic development and employment, and plan for climate change resilience.