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”.

No SDG untouched by women-owned social enterprises

With the support of Canada, UNDP Indonesia is assessing the landscape, challenges and opportunities for women’s social enterprises in agriculture, fisheries and forestry in Indonesia. The preliminary results found there are vast challenges facing women-led social enterprises in these sectors, despite their potential impact on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Light the way: UNDP Indonesia supports Jambi to provide wider access to electricity

From policy to reality, after the support from the National Zakat Agency (BAZNAS) and Bank Jambi was given to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), today, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia marked its official partnership with the local government of Jambi province by signing a Letter of Intent (LoI) to cooperate in implementing the SDGs in Jambi Province.

‘Leave no one behind,’ UNDP aims to champion the rights of visually impaired people in Indonesia

Indonesia has the second highest rate of people with blindness in the world. This and other eye-opening facts were discussed during a recent UNDP workshop in Jakarta which aims to champion the rights of people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled.

Islamic finance offers enormous opportunity to support SDGs and address inequality

You might have missed it, but last month marks a milestone in how Islamic finance can contribute to address inequality and eradicate poverty in Indonesia. When Indonesia’s National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) agreed to support the widening of electricity access to the poor in Jambi province in July, it marked the first official disbursement of the Islamic zakat fund to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The agreement sees Baznas disbursing $350,000 to UNDP’s project to deliver renewable energy to rural communities facing high poverty levels through the development of two micro hydro power plants. Some 30 million Indonesians – or 12 percent of the total population – do not have sufficient access to electricity, which prevents communities from improving their standard of living and is a major constraint to achieving the SDGs in Indonesia.

Around 500 Indonesian school children taking part in tsunami drill in Bali

More than 500 Indonesian elementary school children in the tourist island of Bali on took part in a major tsunami drill conducted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Tuesday, with financial support from the Government of Japan.

Sovereign wealth fund for SDGs financing in Indonesia post oil and gas era

To reduce its dependence on oil and gas resources, Musi Banyuasin district on Thursday signed an agreement with the UNDP to work on the establishment of sovereign wealth fund to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address inequality. Lying in the heart of South Sumatra province, Musi Banyuasin is home to some of the country’s biggest reserves in oil, gas and minerals such as coal. The district also has many palm oil and rubber plantations. Once established, Musi Banyuasin will become the first district in Indonesia to have the sovereign wealth fund.

The Heroes of Sumatran Tiger

There are around 600 Sumatran Tigers left in Indonesia. The Sumatran Tiger project has identified several causes of the declining tiger population. These include the booming population and industry expansion encroaching on the tigers’ habitat.

Indonesia’s National Zakat Body extends first contribution to support SDGs

Jambi Governor Zumi Zola witnesses the singing of Zakat contribution to UNDP’s project on the development of micro hydro in Jambi. UNDP Deputy Director, Francine Pickup inked the agreement with Baznas Deputy Commissioner, Zainnul Bahar Noor.

Sustainable Palm Oil for All

Heated debates have recently surrounded the palm oil sector in Indonesia and its access to export markets, including the European Union. The issue is crucial for Indonesia as the world’s largest palm oil producer, the largest exporter, and about 16 million jobs depending directly or indirectly on this sector. Palm oil has also become a public issue in many consumer countries. Governments, parliaments and citizens are paying increasing attention to environmental protection and the sustainability of production patterns, which they expect national and international standards to guarantee.

UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Forestry Launched “The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia’s Marine National Parks” Photography Book and Exhibit

“The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia’s Marine National Parks” is produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to introduce and promote the beauty and diversity of Indonesia’s underwater world, and call on everyone to preserve it.

Challenges of Development Financing

One of the main challenges in development in Indonesia today is finding a source of relatively cheap and sustainable development financing. This challenge is not easy given the large amount of financing required and the increasingly high level of competition between countries in obtaining low-cost investment funds.

Islamic financing could provide $2.5 trillion USD needed to end global poverty

Muslims around the world mark the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan this week, and millions will be giving their zakat fitrah. Islamic charitable giving zakat is one of the world’s largest forms of wealth transfer to the poor. In a new report released today the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia and the state zakat agency Baznas are calling for an increase in the use of formal institutions to channel zakat contributions so funds can be more effectively distributed to alleviate poverty.

[BLOG] Heaven below Water and Hell on Earth

One of the many things that makes Indonesia special is its title as the world’s largest archipelago country. Nestled in the southeastern region of Sulawesi is Wakatobi Islands, Indonesia’s best kept secret. The chain of islands is home to one of the largest marine biodiversity areas, with coral and fish spanning over 700 different species.

UNDP Collaborates with Baznas and Financial Institutions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia signs agreements with the National Board of Zakat (Baznas), Bank Jambi, and Bank NTT today to support the achievements of the global goals. “These partnerships are extremely important and projects under the agreements will demonstrate the strength of the partnerships,” said Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP, at the signing ceremony. “I hope they will become models that can be replicated throughout Indonesia and other countries.”

[BLOG] Color and action - Momentum for indigenous rights in Indonesia

Sulawesi’s indigenous Minahasa people marched with Kalimantan’s Dayak people. The Minahasa people, said to be the oldest democracy in Indonesia, wore large crimson-red, feathered crowns. Dayak groups wore either sequined, kaleidoscopic jackets or clothes made of bark depending on their ethnicity. Behind them were displays of handwoven textiles, from across thousands of islands, derived from generations of treasured handweaving technique. Worn by Lombok’s Sasak people, Papuans, and Sumatra’s Batak people, the textiles were as unique as their individual cultures.

Social finance will unlock support needed to achieve SDGs

New frontiers in financing SDGs provide new hope for eradicating poverty in Indonesia. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Indonesia’s financial services authority OJK launched two bodies of research on the powerful potential of social finance.

Indonesia’s Human Development Index Rises but Inequality Remains 

JAKARTA - Exclusion of women, ethnic minorities, and people living in remote areas create chronic barriers hindering human development progress. This has led to significant disparities leaving many behind in the world, including within Indonesia and the Asia and the Pacific region. In addition, marginalized groups often have limited opportunities to influence the institutions and policies that determine their lives. 

UNDP Partnership with Canada Aims to Grow Social Enterprises

The Government of Canada and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia agreed to strengthen the role of social finance in funding development actions in Indonesia. In partnership with women led social enterprises, this will contribute to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)