Making every voice count

18 Apr 2016 by Dr. Pratibha Mehta

Viet Nam womanCreating ‘virtuous circles’ of empowerment between institutional reformers and engaged citizens is what PAPI is about.
A few weeks ago I was fascinated to learn that local authorities in Da Nang have harnessed the power of social media to make their coastal city cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. … Read more

Hand in hand, we are stronger than Winston

07 Apr 2016 by Tova Andersson

Even as they lament the losses, people especially the youth are busy at work, clearing debris. Photo Tova Andersson / UNDP
In the aftermath of TC Winston which struck Fiji in February, my mind was prepared for the destruction, having seen the photos. But there is a huge difference between pictures and witnessing first-hand the destruction of a village, following a storm surge. … Read more

The exciting future of volunteerism from the South, for the South

07 Apr 2016 by Manon Bernier

Many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South. Photo: UNDP India
The volunteering sector has greatly evolved over the last few decades. From originally being a North-South model, many Southern countries now have national and international volunteer programmes defined and led by the South. … Read more

How Asia and the Pacific is leading the way on the Sustainable Development Goals

04 Apr 2016 by Hannie Meesters

With the adoption of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we saw a vision of a sustainable, peaceful world take shape.
I have been surprised by the readiness with which many countries have moved forward with the Agenda 2030. In the Asia-Pacific region most governments have started working on the Agenda only three months after the official start date! … Read more

In Viet Nam, exposing the inequities of 'normal' gender roles

21 Mar 2016 by Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director in Viet Nam

The campaign argues that what people in Viet Nam consider ‘normal’ gender roles are actually abnormal. UNDP Viet Nam Photo
Existing stereotypes in Viet Nam confine women and men to certain roles, positions and careers. According to a UNDP report on women’s leadership in Viet Nam, few women achieve senior government positions. … Read more