Economic development

Tiny Nauru: A “litmus test” for the post-2015 development agenda

A remote Pacific island nation could be the “litmus test” for global efforts to devise a sustainable development agenda.

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World’s poorest countries to face labour force explosion

The world’s poorest countries need to create decent jobs to break the cycle of poverty and avoid social instability, according to the latest report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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Motorola and UNDP promote use of mobiles for human development

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola Company have launched an initiative to use information technology to promote human development.

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Crime threatens citizen security and development in Latin America: UNDP

Citizens in countries of Latin America don’t feel safe because of crime, including robberies and murder, according to a report issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday.

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Money transfer companies in Somalia: a lifeline for regular people and NGOs

Remittances sent by relatives and friends abroad are a lifeline for millions of people in Somalia.

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FAO report predicts less volatility in food commodity prices

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects there will be less volatility in the price of commodities such as wheat and rice.

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ILO skills training programme gives Bangladesh garment workers a new lease on life

Workers who survived the deadly Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh in April are being trained so that they can find new jobs.

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African youth call for action on African Peer Review Mechanism

In 2003, African leaders established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to improve their performance by voluntarily allowing monitoring of how they are governing.

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African Diaspora can help improve good governance in Africa, says a U.S. scholar

The African Diaspora can provide resources to help Africa as it works to improve good governance, according to Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Director, Africana Studies at Lehigh University in the United States told UN Radio recently.

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Secretary-General and World Bank president head mission to Sahel

The World Bank and the European Union have pledged more than $6 billion to boost economic growth in Africa’s Sahel region.

The announcement comes at the start of a mission to the region led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

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