A two-member team from the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) were on a field mission in Bhutan from the 17th to the 25th of August, 2016, as a part of the collaboration with UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) programme to develop science-based climate change country frameworks for Bhutan and Cambodia, which can be used as a key reference for investments to improve climate change resilience and adaptive capacity at the local level.
More people than ever before are impacted by humanitarian crises – some 89 million people were affected by natural hazards and 65 million displaced by violence and persecution in 2016. Those most vulnerable to crisis are also those who live in poverty. The connection between response and resilience has never been more striking.
An exciting project to connect mobile banking to the coconut industry was launched today by the Australian Government, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) and ANZ Bank.
The SBD 5 million dollar program (US$650,000) will connect rural coconut oil producers, laborers, buyers and transport operators with digital finance as the coconut industry in Solomon Islands expands.
This year’s theme for International Youth Day, ’The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption’, is a reminder of how vital youths’ access to economic opportunities is to helping attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNCDF continues working with local governments on the implementation of the Local Revenue Mobilization Initiative (LRMI). On 1 August 2016 a revenue planning and forecasting workshop was convened in Hargeisa under the auspices of the Somaliland Ministry of Interior for municipal officials of Hargeisa and Borama – the two pilot municipalities that participate in the first phase of the Initiative.
In April 2016, as part of MicroLead’s knowledge-sharing mandate, UNCDF’s MicroLead partner NBS Bank hosted nine financial institutions from around Africa to understand NBS Bank's downscaling strategy in Malawi. Specifically, how is NBS Bank expanding savings services to low income, rural women through its agent network?
Representatives from Sofipe and FCPB from Burkina Faso, Alide, Alafia and CPEC from Benin, SASL from Ghana, CEC from Cameroon, MCBL from Tanzania, Ugafode from Uganda, and Freedom from Hunger USA attended the two-day visit.
Cambodia has one of the lowest electrification rates in South East Asia, with around 40 percent  of the Cambodian population living with no access to reliable grid electricity. As a result of UNCDF’s SHIFT Challenge Fund – CleanStart energy access window, Kamworks is partnering with UNCDF to lower the affordability barrier for low-income Cambodians and
In the context of its support to decentralization and Public Financial Management in Somalia, UNCDF has launched a Local Revenue Mobilization Initiative (LRMI). The initiative, piloted in the first phase in two municipalities in Somaliland and two in Puntland, is designed to mobilize additional own source revenues through better revenue planning and administration at the local level.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund released its 2015 Annual Report: MAKING FINANCE WORK for THE POOR, which is now also available online at www.uncdf.org/ar2015 in both English and French.
Since the introduction of mobile money in Uganda in 2009, the country has not gone beyond basic mobile products like airtime top-ups and bill payments, which offer little incentive for continued usage and new subscriber uptake. That should not be the case anymore: Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) is pushing Uganda into a new era with a more advanced and unprecedented mobile savings and loan product to be launched this month.