L’Afrique à mi-chemin de ses Trente Glorieuses

17 Aug 2015 by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa

des vendeuses dans un marché en RDCAfrica's economic prospects are bright, but the continent loses about 4 percent of its GDP each year due to the exclusion of women from business and politics. Photo: Aziza Bangwene/UNDP in DRC
L'Afrique subsaharienne est sans doute le seul endroit au monde où les niveaux de vie n’ont eu de cesse de stagner, ou de se détériorer tout au long des années 1980 et 1990. Les quinze prochaines années, couvrant l’Agenda de développement post-2015, peuvent bien consacrer l’avènement des Trente Glorieuses de l’Afrique, mais il faudra impérativement engager cinq dynamiques essentielles, pour consolider et porter à grande échelle, les acquis des quinze dernières années. … Read more

Comment les plus démunis peuvent-ils bénéficier du nouveau vaccin contre Ebola ?

13 Aug 2015 by By Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director for HIV, Health and Development, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

A family recovering from the impact of Ebola in Liberia.Community participation in immunization programmes results in higher coverage and reduces the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. Photo: UNDP Liberia
Selon les chercheurs, le nouveau vaccin contre Ebola doit être conservé à moins 80 degrés Celsius. Comment réaliser une telle prouesse dans des pays aux climats tropicaux où l'infrastructure sanitaire est rudimentaire? Notre expérience avec la réponse au virus du VIH nous a montré que la préparation des communautés est essentielle. … Read more

If you want it done take action

12 Aug 2015 by Lei Phyu, Communications & Social Media Analyst, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP

young Syrian womanYouth participate in a rubbish removal initiative in As-Salamieh, Syria. Photo: UNDP Syria
It pains me when people on social media comment that everyday civic engagement isn’t their responsibility and should be solely the work of governments and the UN. Civic engagement is defined as “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.” We don’t all need to be leaders, but we should all take part in our society. If we get a cut, do we treat ourselves right away or do we wait for a leader to bring us a Band-Aid? If we want an improvement in our community done right, our way, why shouldn’t we take initiative rather wait for permission from a leader to do it for us? Being a Burmese-American, I’ve been following the actions around the recent floods in Myanmar with interest. A great uncle’s rice mill is currently submerged in over 20 feet of flood water. Laymyatna, my father’s childhood town on the Ngawun River, is under water. But it is inspiring to see how Myanmar youth are taking action.  They have been instrumental on social media, amplifying global #SaveMyanmar crowdfunding campaigns, and providing updates for the Burmese diaspora. My uncle remarked in awe in an e-mail that compared to when Cyclone Nargis … Read more

10 ways youth can make an impact

11 Aug 2015 by Giovanna Lucignano, Social Media intern, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP

youth walkingActors participate in the Loy9 Drama in Romdoul Village, Cambodia. Television dramas, TV and radio talk shows, and online platforms encourage young Cambodians to learn, debate and share experiences on civic participation in an initiative funded by UNDP and produced by BBC Media Action. Photo: BBC Media Action
“We are addressing youth today, because youth have placed themselves on the top of the agenda.”–Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon Youth activism and engagement can bring about important social changes that are sometimes left behind. You don’t have to wait to be an adult to be an active member of your community. Your opinion matters and it should be heard. Here’s a list of ideas of how you can participate locally and globally: 1. Know your rights: You might not be able to vote yet, but all children and youth hold national and international rights. These rights are only of use to you if you are informed about them, so read up! 2. Learn about local issues: Is a roadblock affecting your commute to school? Are the new taxes affecting your family’s livelihood? Whatever the case, learning the issue will help in creating solutions that will have an impact on you. 3. Speak out: Speaking your mind online (through social media), and/or offline (at local meetings and gatherings) helps you assert yourself and your interests. Also, you never know who might be listening. Think before posting. Social media has a long memory and things can never truly be … Read more

Youth as allies of democracy

10 Aug 2015 by Gabriela Benazar, Social Media intern, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP

I was born in 1990. When I could barely walk, a former military staged a coup against the government. Six years later, in 1998, the people of my country elected him as president and he remained so until the day he died, when I was 23. He was elected for president every single time he ran. Despite these numerous electoral processes, however, I cannot say I grew up in a democracy. In his book, The inner enemies of democracy, Bulgarian philosopher Tzvetan Todorov states that democracy is not only characterized by how it is established in power and for the purpose of its action, but also by how it is executed. My country, Venezuela, is not alone. There are many examples of governments elected democratically in theory, but autocratic or dictatorial in practice. In some countries, the word democracy is used to justify the rulers’ presence in power despite daily infringements of civil liberties. Technically, even North Korea holds elections. But it does not matter how many elections a country has if liberty, separation of powers, rotation of power, freedom of expression and association, and human rights are not guaranteed for the population that elects its heads of state. The consequences … Read more