May. 25, 2015
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Along with the FAO, UNCDF participated in the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference where it presented its approach to local food security systems. This approach is aligned with other innovative initiatives which aim to promote a territorial angle to food security related issues.

May. 21, 2015
New York, USA

“We took everything in our stock - panels, batteries, lights - but very soon we realized this was just a drop in a bucket. We needed to form a coalition with others,” says Gham Power’s Chief Executive Officer Sandeep Giri describing the immediate relief efforts he and his staff put together when the earthquake shook Nepal on 25 April, 2015. Gham Power is a solar company based in Nepal that builds rural micro-grids and solar systems.

May. 21, 2015

As part of a five-day visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG), United Nations Capital Development’s (UNCDF) Local Development Finance (LDF) Director Mr. David Jackson met with key national stakeholders, development partners and private sector to discuss the promotion of sub-national economic development in PNG.

May. 19, 2015
Oudomxay Province, LAO PDR

The District Development Fund (DDF) has provided funding to support basic infrastructure development in Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR, according to the Deputy Chief of Xay district, Mr Sivankham Inthaboupha.

Reporting to the visiting Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Khammoun Viphongxai, the Deputy Chief said that the support, worth 300 million kip (over US$37,000), provided by the DDF has gone for education, agriculture-forestry, public works and transport, and health in the district.

May. 18, 2015

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) and Bima launched a partnership today to provide micro insurance products in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG), including the Highlands Region. PFIP’s partnership and investment in Bima is made possible through the support of the European Union and the Australian Government, and through the commitment of the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) and its Governor, Loi Bakani. 

May. 15, 2015
New York

We are pleased to invite you to an SE4ALL brown bag session on Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery efforts and the role of energy access and microfinance. This will be on 19th May, Tuesday, 12:20 – 1:50 at Columbus Circle (room), Sheraton Times Square Hotel

May. 12, 2015

The CleanStart Team has the pleasure to present the second issue of CleanStart Connections!

Since the last issue in November 2013, we have been out and about exploring new countries and talking to people who get energized just talking about energy, including both entrepreneurs and customers. That energized us too.

What did we learn as we went along?

Apr. 29, 2015
Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) in cooperation with the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and UNDP Cambodia have held a conference on "Women and Enterprises: Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns” in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia on April 29 and 30 April.