The latest United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report shows we need nothing less than a societal transformation if the next frontier of human progress is to succeed. This starts by rejecting the idea that we must choose between people or planet. Human development at the expense of the planet is not development at all. It must and can be both.
Over 100 young Filipino innovators from all over the country gathered for the very first virtual Youth Social Innovation Lab held on December 1-3 and 7, to pitch their ideas that will address issues on social protection, digital divide, and green economy during pandemic. The online hackathon was presented by Youth Co:Lab Philippines, a program jointly led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation with makesense.
The United Nations Development Programme’s #HDR2020​ includes a new experimental index that offers a fresh understanding of how we measure human development progress -- one that places an emphasis on both people and planet.
In May of 2020, UNDP Philippines began an initiative to pilot digital cash transfers through mobile wallets as part of Pasig City’s supplemental social amelioration program (SAP) disbursement and to extend digital financial literacy to beneficiaries. The initiative is aimed towards supporting the city's vision toward good governance, digitalization, and financial inclusion. In this blog, Ira shares reflections surfaced from the evaluation process of the pilot that government agencies and program implementers should consider in seeking to switch from a manual to digital cash transfers for financial inclusion.
n a signing ceremony which marked years of longstanding partnership, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, led by Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong, Jr. and Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” Raki-in Adiong, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), spearheaded by its Resident Representative Dr. Selva Ramachandran, reaffirmed their joint commitment to advance peace and development in the province through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards enhancing development activities for the advancement of peace, resilience, and sustainability in Lanao del Sur.
Manila, Philippines – Despite the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, majority of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are still temporarily closed or are operating at decreased capacity—an indicator of the difficulties they are facing in getting back to their business operations according to the recent survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs in the Philippines.
An illegal fisher for almost half his life, Bok is now part of the global movement calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030.

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