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  • UNDP To Support Zakat for Development in Indonesia Mar 15, 2017

    Ending poverty and inequality are some of today’s greatest challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to overcome. Considering Islamic principles support a socially inclusive development, funding from Islamic giving, zakat, has the potential to play a crucial role in accomplishing the SDGs

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Work of The Indonesia Peatland Restoration Agency Gains Momentum Sep 1, 2016

    Jakarta, 29 August 2016 – United Nations Development Programme’s bi-monthly Climate Dialogue this week confirmed that progress has made towards peatland restoration in Indonesia

  • UNDP CLIMATE DIALOGUE: Putting the Paris Agreement into Action Aug 22, 2016

    Six months after the pivotal Paris Agreement, Indonesian ministry officials on the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Dialogue agree: more action is needed. Speakers discussed progress and challenges around achieving national targets.