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  • No SDG untouched by women-owned social enterprises Sep 15, 2017

    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 Sep 11, 2017

    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.

  • Islamic finance offers enormous opportunity to support SDGs and address inequality Aug 23, 2017

    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 Aug 15, 2017

    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 Aug 10, 2017

    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.

  • Indonesia’s National Zakat Body extends first contribution to support SDGs Jul 19, 2017

    JAMBI, Indonesia ( July 19, 2017) – The National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS), responsible for the disbursement of the Islamic mandatory contribution to the poor in Indonesia, on Wednesday agreed to extend its first contribution to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.

  • Sustainable Palm Oil for All Jun 20, 2017

    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 Jun 9, 2017

    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 May 30, 2017

    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 May 26, 2017

    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.