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Energy subsidies in the Arab world costly & inefficent -- report

Six of the world’s ten largest energy subsidizers are found in the Arab world, led by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Each of these three countries charges their populations less than a third of international prices for fuel and electricity. While energy subsidies may be seen asLue lisää (englanti)

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Energy challenge to provide power for war returnees in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo -- The United Nations Development Programme launched a global challenge to find a renewable energy solution capable of providing off-grid power, with a $20,000 cash prize for the winner. More than 3,000 families who returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina over 10 years ago after the war areLue lisää (englanti)

Energy savings proposal to legalize settlements wins contest in Montenegro

In Montenegro, UNDP has been working on urban planning issues for almost a decade as some 100,000 illegal settlements exist in the country, implying that every other household lives in an illegal home.  It was only when the problem was looked at from different perspectives – energy, economy,Lue lisää (englanti)

Eritrea reducing maternal death, on track to achieve the MDGs

In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during child birth that resulted in the death of her baby.  Despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant her child could not be saved.  Luckily FethawiLue lisää (englanti)

Erroneous press reports regarding UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Zidane

Recent erroneous press reports claimed that retired French football player, Zinedine Zidane will be traveling to Gaza on behalf of UNICEF. The United Nations Development Programme would like to make it clear that Mr. Zidane will not be travelling to Gaza as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and would alsoLue lisää (englanti)

Ethiopia launches strategy for low-emission climate resilient development

Durban, 8 December –Ethiopia will embark on a national plan that aims to boost the country’s development over the next twenty years while keeping its greenhouse emissions to current levels. Unveiled here by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, the Climate Resilient Green EconomyLue lisää (englanti)

Ethiopia: Small loan project "lights up" a town

Local Economic Development projects help youth group and members of community associations start new income generating activities. (Photo: UNDP/ Kurumi Shiratori) A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project providing start-up costs for community-level income creation in EthiopiaLue lisää (englanti)

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Ethiopian crop yields to get boost from UNDP, Gates Foundation

As the United Nations steps up efforts to respond to a drought and food crisis across parts of the Horn of Africa, an initiative to double Ethiopia’s crop yields during the next five years will receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda GatesLue lisää (englanti)

Europe's new democracies poised to weather global economic slump

In a challenge to the sceptics, Jan Zielonka of Oxford University argues in the new issue of Development and Transition that emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe will survive the global economic slump intact. ‘The economic slowdown in Central and Eastern European countriesLue lisää (englanti)

Events highlight development progress and challenges in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. – A discussion on "Building on Progress in Afghanistan: 2014 and Beyond” was held in Washington today at an event organized in partnership between the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), offering a big picture ofLue lisää (englanti)

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