The LoCAL project in Bangladesh organized the “Annual Planning and Performance Assessment” workshop in the two piloted Upazila Parishads, Godagari and Mohonpur, respectively on 21st and 22nd July 2014. The workshops’ objective was to introduce the performance assessment of the Upazila Parishad’s core responsibility in planning and coordinating service delivery with the active participation of line agencies, Union Parishads and communities.
Fiduciary risks of providing financial support to Somalia governments have been a matter of concern for a number of development partners and sometimes prevented the provision of much needed finance for local development in this country emerging from many years of conflict and civil strife.
As part of her first visit to the field to become acquainted with UNCDF programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, the recently appointed Executive Secretary (ES)of UNCDF, Judith Karl, visited MicroLead Expansion partners in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.
MicroLead Expansion (MLE) is funding CARE and Mwanga Community Bank (MCB) in Tanzania. CARE in partnership with (MCB) is working in the Kilimanjaro region to develop and offer formal financial products and services designed for savings groups called village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).
A shared commitment to promote microfinance as an instrument against poverty and hunger has led a network of 15 African microfinance institutions and the UN’s capital investment agency to stage a joint forum on energy and water financing next month in Ethiopia.
‘Innovation in clean energy and water access through microfinance’ is the theme of an event to be hosted by the Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Addis Ababa on 30-31 October 2014.
In preparation of the Habitat III conference which is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will take place in 2016, a preparatory process has been established with its first session and a number of side events that took place in New York from the 15 to 18 September.
The new United Nations Capital Development Fund’s Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, is on her first official visit in Tanzania from 13 -16 September 2014.
High on the Executive Secretary’s agenda were progress and challenges related to the delivery of basic social and infrastructure services, the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 framework – all core elements of UNCDF’s work in Uganda.
Ms Karl met with the Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the Minister of Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, and the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Fred Kabagambe-Kalisa, as well as other government officials, development partners, civil society representatives and academics.
In an urbanizing country, the nation's economic prosperity increasingly depends on having functional and resilient cities. As cities and towns grow, decentralization becomes more viable and more necessary, and in many countries local government autonomy increases.Enhancing the capacity of local officials to carry out their delegated functions, not only improves safety and quality of life locally, it empowers cities and towns to contribute in important ways to national social and economic development targets.
The New United Nations Capital Development Fund Executive Secretary, Judith Karl, will be in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania for her first official visit which will start on 11 September 2014 and will end on 19 September 2014.
Ms. Judith Karl, appointed by the UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark on 10 July 2014, has joined UNCDF – the UN’s capital investment agency that promotes economic development and inclusive growth in the least developed countries – on 1 August 2014.