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LoCAL highlighted in Doha Programme of Action as LDCs prioritise tackling climate change and building resilience

The DPoA includes six priorities or ‘lifelines’ to address the multiple challenges facing approximately 40% of the world’s population living in LDCs

The world’s least developed countries (LDCs) have entered a new phase of ambition and shared priorities with the adoption of the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA), which lays out six internationally agreed priorities for addressing the needs of the poorest communities on earth. This LDC-led plan recognises the importance of…

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Tanzania: Fish preservation techniques support local women in Kigoma with sales

Women in Kigoma play a significant role as middlepersons in the sale of fish, especially sardines

As the sun sets over the shores of Lake Tanganyika in North-Western Tanzania, Flora Nyabbi stands by a large consignment of sardines. She is joined by three other members of the Kazi Women Group and have brokered a deal with the women selling the latest catch of the day. Women…

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    • From the ground up: How a new market brings new prospects to a border town
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From the ground up: How a new market brings new prospects to a border town

UNCDF together with the Kakonko District Council have constructed a new cross-border market

In the northwestern part of Tanzania, close to the border with Burundi, villagers from Muhange and Muhange Juu have been trading with each other since before their countries’ independence. Today, semi-formal and informal cross-border trade remains a notable feature of African economic and social landscapes. Over the years, an open-air…

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In Ghana, Women Break Traditional Gender Roles to Tackle Climate Change

The objective of GrEEN is to use grants and technical assistance to create local financial ecosystems

Building resilient communities that withstand and adapt to the impacts of climate change can start with the hard work of women like Sarah Gyamfuah, a young single mother who’s breaking traditional gender roles in Ghana. As team leader on a bridge construction project overseeing scores of workers, Ms Gyamfuah is…

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    • The United Nations Capital Development Fund joins the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership
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The United Nations Capital Development Fund joins the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership

Some 29 countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean are designing or rolling out their LoCAL country systems, providing an extensive network for cooperation

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has joined the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) to save lives, protect livelihoods and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of climate-disaster responses, as well as support adaptation to climate change in vulnerable developing nations. Partnerships like this are becoming more and more important, as climate-change…

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UNCDF supports Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato Factory to Leverage Local Economic development in rural Tanzania

Through its Local Finance Initiative (LFI), UNCDF supported Maswa DC with a US$ 100,000 seed capital grant to cover the cost of connecting the factory to the national grid electricity

Maswa District Council (DC) is among the six districts of the Simiyu region, the second poorest region in Tanzania with a population of 377,292 people (51 percent of which are women). Approximately, 57 percent of children under five (6-59 months) and 53.7 percent of pregnant women aged 19-49 years have…

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Rehabilitation of Hudur Primary School brings hope to communities in Southern Somalia

In early 2019, the district benefited from an LDF grant and completely rehabilitated Hudur Primary School

In the Southern part of Somalia, the Hudur District consists of a total population of 93,049 residents and 18 Internal Displaced People (IDP) sites. The entire district only has 4 primary schools, which were unable to serve this large of a population, which resulted in low student enrollment and a…

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Industry Players Identify Barriers to Innovation in Malawi

Malawi’s regulators and policymakers have developed and implemented many good policies and regulations that govern the digital finance market, but there is a lack of policies regarding fintechs

Malawi’s emerging innovation sector has great potential to contribute towards the growth of Malawi’s digital economy. To fully capitalize on this potential and promote inclusive innovation, UNCDF convened key players in this sector to identify and analyze possible opportunities for collaboration and brainstorm on the common challenges faced and how…

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Communities Across three Nations to Benefit from Enhanced Coordination of Climate Action

The agreement aims to improve cooperation and avoid duplication across climate-related programmes and activities underway in Malawi, Nepal and Liberia

The United Nations Capital Development Fund and the NDC Partnership have signed a new agreement that promises to deliver accelerated results under countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions, following urgent calls for action expressed by many nations at COP26. The agreement, signed by UNCDF through the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility, LoCAL,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Fighting COVID-19 Through Innovative Digital Solutions for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME)

In March 2020, most African governments implemented various measures to contain the spread of the virus

“During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, more people died from the interruption of social services and economic break-down than from the virus itself’” according to a United Nations’ report regarding the socio-economic response to COVID-19, reflecting on the Ebola Virus outbreak of 2014. Today, it seems that history is…