The Marrakesh Treaty in Indonesia
Oct 12, 2017
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
Resilient schools equal resilient communities
Oct 5, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia, together with the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and supported by the Government of Japan, held a series of tsunami drills at SMP Negeri 1 and SMA Negeri 1 Peukan Bada, Kabupaten Aceh Besar (3 October 2017) and SMA Negeri 6 Banda Aceh (5 October 2017). The objective is to nurture preparedness for the vulnerable groups, including students in Aceh.
Going for gold: UNDP Indonesia’s commitment to gender equality
Sep 28, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.