UNDP in Asia and the Pacific Appoints World’s First Non-Human Innovation Champion

In a bold and breakthrough announcement today, the UN Development Programme appointed its first-ever Innovation Champion and the first-ever non-human – Sophia the robot designed by Hanson Robotics.


The presence of women-led social enterprises (WLSEs) is increasing significantly in Indonesia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and financial institutions are beginning to realize the potential of investing in women. However, at the moment, most investment specifically targeting WLSEs in Indonesia is focused on poverty reduction and concentrated at the micro level.

Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance Launched

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch today its new report funded by the Government of Canada entitled Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance: Challenges and Opportunities of Women-led Social Enterprises in Indonesia. UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu, together with the Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, H.E. Peter MacArthur, will unveil the new report at the Borobudur Hotel, where UNDP is organizing a Conference on Innovative Finance for Development.

Leveraging Innovative Financing to fund the SDGs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted an international conference on innovative financing for development on 16-17 November in Jakarta. The conference was supported by the Government of Canada and aimed to capture the current trends in innovative financing and social impact and exploring new ways to harness the potential of innovative financing to assist countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Funding match made in heaven

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia supported by the Government of Canada, Amazon Web Services and Angel Investor Network (ANGIN) launched Connector.ID, an online matchmaking fund intended to connect entrepreneurs in the country with possible investors. UNDP supports the Connector.ID as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by fostering entrepreneurship and providing small and medium-sized companies’ access to financial services. Together with UNDP, this platform aims to also discover and support enterprises that incorporate SDGs into their business.

Indonesia Shows The World How Zakat And Waqaf Can Support SDGS

This week Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS) – the national zakat agency in Indonesia and UNDP Indonesia were in New York and Washington to show UNDP globally and other countries how zakat is an innovative form of funding that can support the SDGs.

UNDP Services for Financing SDGs in Indonesia

UNDP means business in financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two years since the SDGs were adopted, UNDP has been spearheading the initiative to leverage more on innovative financing including but not limited to social finance, blended finance and Islamic finance. This brochure aims to introduce the current financing landscape in Indonesia; trends and highlights; the establishment of the Innovative Financing Lab; and UNDP Indonesia's extensive portfolio in Innovative Financing.

Understanding Waste Management in Indonesia’s Urban Areas

It was a Monday afternoon in Bandar Lampung when we were on our way to visit the only landfill in the city, Bakung Landfill. Despite the overcast skies, we could see hills covered with green vegetation and trees. It was hard to picture a tremendous amount of solid waste exist within such beauty until piles of trash spread over a large area were in our sight. Geared with borrowed boots, hats, and masks, we walked toward the piles of trash into the heart of the landfill.

Think global, act local: Localizing the global goals in Lampung

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia together with the provincial government of Lampung reiterated its commitment in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by localizing these global goals.

Jobs, at what cost

Amid mounds of garbage, 50-year-old Supriyati sorts stacks of plastic waste into several piles, occasionally wiping the sweat on her face. Supriyati is a plastic sorter at plastic recycling enterprise and has been doing this job for 10 years.

Funding the Goals: To Do More With Less

The 15 years goal has reached its second year. The noble ambition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to address poverty, inequality, sustainability, consumption, discrimination and inclusive movement. It is an evolutionary step in getting people around the world to think as a global citizen.

UNDP Partners with the first SDGs Center in Indonesia

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joins forces with one of Indonesia’s leading universities, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) to foster progress towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia.

Bangladesh Draws on Indonesian Expertise to Optimize Benefits of Climate Finance

With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - “Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme”, 11 Bangladesh Government representatives from the Ministries of Finance, Environment and Forests, Water Resources and Agriculture are undertaking a climate finance study-tour in Indonesia. The representatives began their study tour earlier this week to meet with high-level officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of National Development and Planning, and Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Marrakesh Treaty in Indonesia

In light of World Sight Day, October 12, UNDP Indonesia is shining a spotlight on the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in Indonesia. We believe access to knowledge is critical for achieving full human potential and inclusive development. Indonesia has the second highest rate of blindness in the world with 3.5 million vision-impaired people whereas less than 1% of published books in developing countries, including Indonesia, are made into formats accessible to people with print disabilities. The Marrakesh Treaty aims to facilitate access to published works for people with print disabilities by creating a legal framework to allow the creation, distribution, and cross-border exchange of accessible formats.

Marine Biodiversity Conservation for a Lasting Prosperity for the People

For the third time in three consecutive years, Indonesia initiated the Social Good Summit (SGS) which is a yearly event of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The SGS was started in New York in 2015 and since then has spread to more than 80 UNDP offices in the world, including Indonesia.

Going for gold: UNDP Indonesia’s commitment to gender equality

UNDP Indonesia has achieved the Gender Equality Seal, earning ‘silver’ certification. The UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is a tool to reduce inequalities in the workplace, promote good labour practices and policies, and implement effective, impactful gender mainstreaming strategies. It is a methodical step-by-step way to visualize gaps and opportunities for improvement. In its first-ever assessment, UNDP Indonesia has achieved a ‘Silver’ level certification in the Seal assessment for its substantive contribution to national gender equality goals.

Social Good Summit 2017

Following the Social Good Summit held in New York during the United Nations General Assembly Week, UNDP Indonesia is back for its third Social Good Summit in Jakarta. Featuring inspiring speakers driving development in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, our SGS this year will highlight “Marine Biodiversity Conservation for a Lasting Prosperity for the People”.