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  • Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016May 23, 2016According to the authors, lack of urban planning leads to costly urban sprawl. In Accra, Ghana, for example, the population nearly doubled between 1991 and 2000, increasing from 1.3 million to 2.5 million inhabitants - a rise of 92%- at an average annual growth rate of 7.2%. Consequently, the ratio of population to total built up area decreased from 132 inhabitants/ha to 90 inhabitants/ha at an average annual rate of 4.6%, much higher than the global average of 2.1% during the same period.

  • Disaster management committees to prevent and respond to local disastersMay 18, 2016With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the training workshops and consultations led to the re-activation and in some cases formation of DDMCs in all 14 districts. The Committees inter alia, are responsible for identifying, preventing and mitigating local disasters. The DDMCs will also engage in communicating risks of disasters at the national level.

  • Africa: Smart measures required to weather commodity boom-bust cyclesMay 13, 2016Africa’s export revenues increased six-fold between 2001 and 2011, thanks to strong demand from middle-income economies such as China, Brazil and India. Between 2011 and 2014, due to a sharp decline in commodity prices, per capita growth on the continent decreased by half as compared with the previous ten years.

  • UNDP Africa Chief calls for coordination against violent extremismMay 10, 2016To that end, he also mentioned UNDP Africa's recent 'mapping initiative' aimed at better understanding the mechanics of radicalization among the youth in affected countries. Violent extremism has affected the economies of various African countries, as attested by a 45% decline in Tunisia’s tourism industry and the contraction of Chad’s G.D.P growth rate to 1% down from 5% in 2011.

  • UNDP kick-starts USD 4.5M post-Ebola public health and livelihoods project in border areas.May 6, 2016The Government of Japan funded USD 4.5M project titled “Supporting and Strengthening Sub-regional post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa” , seeks to rebuild local development and livelihood conditions in communities, especially in the remote hard-to-reach border areas in the three most Ebola affected countries and Côte d’Ivoire. The

  • UNDP Intensifies Wildlife Conservation Efforts in AfricaMay 1, 2016UNDP supports efforts to combat the illegal trade in wildlife, both fauna and flora through programs that support countries to eradicate poverty, protect the environment, empower women, and build strong institutions, all of which support the rule of law. UNDP work focuses on diversifying rural livelihoods, managing human-wildlife conflict, and sharing the benefits of sustainable wildlife management.

  • EU and UNDP renew partnership on electoral assistanceApr 15, 2016The EU and UNDP are the largest electoral assistance providers globally, having worked together on more than 100 projects across all regions, out of which 74 were in Africa. This partnership helps strengthen national capacities to carry out free and fair elections, and promote women’s participation as both voters and candidates

  • UN police chief ends visit with a call for a broader police-civilian partnershipApr 14, 2016During a site visit to the new Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) office premises currently being refurbished with UNDP support, Ms. Appelblom noted that UNDP’s support to the wider security sector is crucial, adding that good governance

  • Digital Financial Services Diagnostics in West AfricaApr 1, 2016Some of the common themes emerging in the recently conducted DFS diagnostics across the three fragile states are the focus on strengthening the supervisory capacities of regulators in areas of digital financial inclusion, particularly to effectively supervise and regulate new and shifting risks; to advocate and support interoperability between various players in the digital financial system such that traditional financial institutions serving the poor can transfer benefits of digital transactions to the end-clients.

  • Reducing charcoal use in Sierra LeoneMar 23, 2016Thirty three-year-old, Fatmata Cole never imagined she could end up hawking charcoal on the streets of Freetown. Sixteen years ago, Fatmata was a junior secondary school pupil with hopes of a brighter future in Freetown. But instead she dropped out of school and joined her aunt who introduced her to charcoal trading.