Investing in women's opportunities leads to more returns than one

18 Sep 2017 by Valerie Cliff, Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific and Director, Bangkok Regional Hub

Muzghan SadaatAfghanistan's Muzhgan Sadaat was 10 when she started playing volleyball. She's broken taboos in her society to excel in the sport and land herself a spot in her country's first-ever women's volleyball team. - Syed Omer Sadaat / UNDP Afghanistan
Women in Asia are, on average, 70% less likely to be in the labour force compared to their male counterparts, and accepting this status-quo stymies growth and human development, leading us along on a path of lost opportunities. … Read more

Not Just A School Drill

07 Sep 2017 by Christian Budi Usfinit, Technical Officer for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP Indonesia

When I heard about UNDP initiating a regional project on school tsunami preparedness my initial reaction was - why us? It’s been a while since our last work with schools through the Safer Communities through Disaster Risk Reduction (SC-DRR) project which was completed in 2012. Since then, we don’t typically work in schools, and so my interaction with the Ministry of Education and schools was limited at best. But as one of 18 countries under this project funded by the Government of Japan, we were guided by the regional office and tsunami experts in identifying criteria for school selection, preparedness, reviewing school plans and evacuation routes, and conducting school drills. … Read more

Shoring up Tuvalu's Climate Resilience

29 Aug 2017 by Yusuke Taishi

The community of Nui island, Tuvalu, waves goodbye to the Prime Minister and his delegation visiting on a 3-day mission following Cyclone Pam. When the Category 5 cyclone struck in March 2015, the storm surges destroyed homes, crops and livelihoods, displacing 45 percent of the nation’s people. Photo: Silke von Brockhausen/UNDP
Tuvaluan people have long waited for this moment. Even though Tuvalu's vulnerability to sea-level rise has been widely recognized on the global stage, proper protection has been almost non-existent. This UNDP-supported project is one of the first, large-scale initiatives that promises to deliver meaningful protection. … Read more

Small Business, Big Impact: How small businesses can maximize their bottomline for people and planet

24 Aug 2017 by Jielin Zhang, Partnerships Intern at the Bangkok Regional Hub

Small businesses often work on tight margins and many are waking up to the fact that being eco-efficient can reduce costs. UNDP Afghanistan Photo
Small businesses often work on tight margins and many are waking up to the fact that being eco-efficient can reduce costs. … Read more

Helping People Help Themselves: Thailand's Doi Tung story and lessons for the ASEAN region

22 Aug 2017 by Caitlin Wiesen, Chief of Regional Policy and Programme Support for UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

The turning point came deep into the 1980’s when Thailand’s Princess Srinagarinda (2nd from right), known to Thais at the ‘Princess Mother,’ established the Doi Tung Development Project through the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. Courtesy Doi Tung
If you venture into Doi Tung today, it is a haven for the arts, bustling with entrepreneurship and innovation. So how did it turn around? The solutions here may serve as a model for transformation in some of the world’s most hardscrabble regions. … Read more