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  • How Zakat Can Help Achieve Development Goals Feb 3, 2017

    Zakat in Arabic means “that which purifies.” Most Indonesians associate it with charitable giving in the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. Personally, it reminds me of my childhood when my aunt and uncle went to the least privileged of my grandma’s neighbors with a stack of white envelopes to give away. Zakat is in fact a sort of religious tax, a Muslim’s obligation to give a portion of their wealth to charity. Islam also encourages other forms of religious giving that are not compulsory. Like in my family, most religious charitable practices are informal and sporadic. But the potential for impact is high.

  • Makassar’s Quest to Tackle Bad Traffic Jan 31, 2017

    Transport options are limited for sixteen-year-old Rina, a student Makassar. She relies on her parents to drive her to school every day. “Usually, it takes around 30 minutes to arrive, but if there’s a traffic jam, I get out of the car and run, because I don’t want to be late to class.

  • Why Indonesia Has to Save the Peatland Jan 9, 2017

    Ramadhani Lutfi Aerli, a nine-year-old boy from Pekanbaru, suffered a high fever and seizure on 20 October 2015. When he went unconscious in the middle of the night, his parents rushed him to the hospital but he died before the morning call to prayer

  • Women Play an Important Role in Ending Hostilities and Forging Reconciliation Dec 9, 2016

    Women have contributed significantly in ending hostilities and paving the way to resolutions of conflicts in many places in Indonesia. The Hidden Pearls – Heroic Stories of Women Peace Builders is a collection of lessons learned from conflict areas including Ambon, Aceh, and Poso. The book was produced by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of N-Peace, and launched today with a panel discussion at Plaza Indonesia.

  • Social finance: a new frontier for development in Indonesia Dec 9, 2016

    It is estimated that Asia Pacific countries face an annual development financing shortfall of about $44 billion. So if development challenges are to be tackled effectively, the slack in finances needs to be picked up by the private sector. This would bring market incentives for financial gain closer to public motivations for social good. Social or innovative finance is a relatively new concept and refers to bringing capital or investment to enterprises that produce social and environmental benefits as well as financial profits.

  • 10 Steps to Successful Crowdfunding Nov 16, 2016

    The spirit of gotong royong is taught to children from a very young age at schools all over Indonesia. It is the Indonesian brand of volunteerism, or communal work—where members of a community gather to accomplish a task. Traditionally, the task could be to fix a neighbor’s home, or build a road or a bridge.

  • UNDP Collaborates on First Global Standard-Compliant Study on Gender Based Violence in Papua Oct 6, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia, Statistics Indonesia (BPS), and Rifka Annisa, conducted a survey on health and life experiences in four districts in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. It found the rate of violence against women to be similar to the global statistics—38 percent of women who participated in the study have experienced a physical or sexual violence at least once

  • New Whistleblowing System Aims to Improve Judiciary Transparency Oct 5, 2016

    Citizens who are asked for bribes or become victims of other misconduct by judges and other judicial apparatus are now able to report it to the authorities using a new reporting system by the Oversight Body of the Supreme Court.

  • Social Good Summit Calls On Netizens to Put Technology to Good Use Sep 28, 2016

    he Social Good Summit captivated hundreds of tech-savvy youth with inspiring messages about how to take advantage of technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers from Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti to actor and UNDP’s SDGs Mover Reza Rahadian called on young people to get involved, from supporting sustainable fishing to helping remote villages with access to renewable energy to improving the state of education in Indonesia.

  • Indonesia a key player in realizing SDGs: Helen Clark Sep 22, 2016

    Indonesia’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals took center stage at a special event at United Nations headquarters this week. The event, jointly hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia, “Implementing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: From Global Commitment to Local Action”, took place on the sidelines of the General Assembly where the world meet to discuss global development annually.