Cities Unite To Start Solar Revolution Through Crowdfunding


  A whole series of new solar projects in Moldova, Georgia, Serbia and Tajikistan are going to be  financed through crowdfunding campaigns. Citizens from these countries, but also from all round the  world will have the opportunity to participate in solarization of this region! We will start with the youngest in Serbia. The future belongs to them and must be renewable so the  city of Kragujevac will crowdfund for a PV installation on the roof of a kindergarten. Energy  independence of the building will be done with the assistance of the first Serbian energy cooperative  from the city of Šabac, under the Solar Mayors' Club Initiative. Education of children is an extra benefit of this kind of projects, and anothe...
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UNDP and IsDB strengthen partnership to support Sustainable Development Goals


​ New York — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) today launched a renewed action plan to strengthen collaboration in support of national efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new plan builds on UNDP's and IsDB's commitment to cooperate in shared priority areas such as crisis response and recovery, poverty reduction, private sector development, capacity-building, and knowledge-sharing. "This joint plan of action between IsDB and UNDP will support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the countries we serve around the globe and will identify new opportunities to work together," said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. "I look forward to piloting new initiat...
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Using ‘The Matrix’ to feel climate change

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​ By UNDP and Magic Leap In the blockbuster science fiction movie 'The Matrix', after Neo takes the red pill offered by Morpheus, he not only learns the truth about reality, he also discovers how an ecological disaster has led to humans being harvested and enslaved by machines. At UNDP we wondered, what if we 'matrix' our way into tackling climate change, using emerging technologies to create urgency and kick start political action. After all, we're in uncharted territory, or as writer James Bridle in 'The New Dark Age' calls it 'peak knowledge.' We went straight to the source — to Magic Leap, whose Senior Vice President for Creative Strategy, John Gaeta, created all the special effects in 'The Matrix'. What did we learn? Several studies in...
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Supporting NGOs in the Muslim world; what Tadamon can offer

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Why UNDP, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF) are launching a programme to strengthen NGOs in 57 countries Many countries in the Muslim world face daunting development challenges. In the Arab region despite steady progress in reducing poverty and boosting health and education, political fragility, instability, and recurrent conflicts present immense stumbling blocks on the course to implementing the 2030 Agenda. Despite this, many Muslim countries have extended generous support to their neighbours; they represent eight of the top 12 refugee-hosting countries. How do we capitalize on such solidarity and grassroots networks to solve some of the most difficult development issues countries in the Islamic world...
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UNDP & Spatial Computing for Climate Change Awareness


​ In June members of the UNDP met at Magic Leap's London Offices for some  demonstrations of the company's cutting edge technology. The UNDP has been in  conversation with Magic Leap discussing the idea of using spatial computing to help with  their ongoing mission and particularly to highlight climate change but when exploring the  possibilities of the Magic Leap One, seeing truly is believing. Quote from Cassie- her impressions of seeing Magic Leap device. No one is more aware than the UNDP of the difficulties getting people excited about environmental damage or take climate change seriously. One of the main reasons is that the bulk of climate change takes place in places that are far removed from our daily l...
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UNDP launches new initiative with mayors to boost solar energy

Mayors from eight countries have joined forces with UNDP on a new initiative to boost financing for solar energy.

  Lisbon, 18 March – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with mayors from eight countries - Moldova, Serbia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Croatia, Somalia, Lebanon and Portugal - today launched a new initiative to boost financing for solar energy in cities across the world. The Solar Mayors platform will connect cities around the topic of energy transition and production of solar energy in urban contexts. Functioning as an online community, the platform represents an opportunity for Mayors to learn about the latest trends in the industry, share best practices, and collectively promote citizen engagement. The platform encourages peer-to-peer learning and cooperation with the private sector and NGOs, two factors recognized ...
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The future is here: Supporting social innovation in Turkey


  Many people around the world say they don't contribute to social causes for fear that their contributions will be wasted. So how is it that a board game on Kickstarter mangadom managed to collect over $12 million in funding , with almost 20,000 pledges? That's the beauty of crowdfunding: people from all walks of life supporting a cause they believe in. We at UNDP's AltFinLab campaigns understand that crowdfunding is about more than collecting money — that we achieve the best results when we apply the platform approach to crowdfunding . It helps us diversify funding, involve the right people, and mobilize experts from all walks of life. In Turkey, the situation is different. People do not engage with charity or donations as frequently...
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New technologies and finance to promote sustainable development in a changing world


Panama, August 31, 2018- With a financing gap of 2.5 billion dollars to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and two out of every six people in the world without access to a formal bank account, innovative financial mechanisms represent an alternative to close the financial gap and promote sustainable development. This is said by the team of experts in alternative finance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Marina Petrović and Robert Pasicko. They run the Alternative Finance Lab (AltFin Lab), an initiative created in 2016 to explore and take advantage of new financial technologies and mechanisms to access investment. "Due to the increasingly changing world of today, governments, citizens and development actors must adap...
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How to turn development organizations in development platforms?


​ Hardly a day goes by in the development world without hearing the term "platform". Like in the business world, it's becoming harder for any development organization to provide a single service or product that will make broad impact. Airbnb doesn't build homes, it creates a network that brings together host and guest. Likewise, it's impossible to eradicate poverty – a complex phenomenon – without connecting different areas of expertise and partners across a wide range of thematic issues. And it's often the case that the people we're trying to pull out of poverty are closer to the problem and entitled to have a say about the solution. While building platforms doesn't happen overnight, it's highly likely you're already working in ways that r...
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There are risks in doing something new, but there might be even more risks in doing the old!


Impact bonds , one of the pay-for-success financial mechanisms bringing impact investors, private, public and third sector organizations together to solve social and development issues, have recently faced some criticism about their complex nature, which can lead to a long design phase and high related transaction costs. We, at UNDP Istanbul Hub and Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra , put our heads together and thought about the challenges around impact bonds. There was a mutual understanding that what comes to preventing and solving wicked societal problems, the impact is achieved together – the core idea and benefit of impact bonds. Sitra has been using co-creation as a mechanism to boost the design of social impact bonds (SIB) in Finland and...
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