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A BIG DEAL: How can we use big data to measure poverty in Sudan?

12 Jan 2016

Anisha Thapa, in collaboration with Miguel Luengo – Oroz, Anne Kahl, Abdalatif Hassan, Jennifer Colville and Vasko Popovski As development practitioners in Sudan, we are facing a major challenge in effectively managing our programmes:  the generation of reliable data to regularly monitor development impact, in particular related to changes in household poverty. As part of the cross regional initiative on big data for development exploration, UNDP Sudan is now working to explore how new sources of data can measure key development indicators. As many other countries, Sudan faces multiple challenges in acquiring frequent and adequate data to assess situation changes and measure implementation of development programmes. Household surveys and censuses are expensive, time consuming, and demand elaborate processes and resources for data collection and analysis. In addition, the intensification of armed conflict in many parts of the country hinder accessibility to these areas for data collection through traditional methods. Timely measurement of indicators, such as poverty thereby suffers, resulting in data gaps that negatively affect efficient adjustments to development interventions and programming.   Electricity and lights at night as proxies for poverty: What we found? With support from UNDP and UN Global Pulse partnership on big data for development spanning across … Read more

Can design-thinking create jobs for conflict-affected unemployed youth in Darfur?

30 Nov 2015

For thousands of young people in Darfur, the long-lasting conflict has deprived them of their rights as youth and left gaps in their education. Youth unemployment is increasingly recognized as a driver of instability as employments opportunities are scarce and many chose to enter into conflict due to the lack of other opportunities. Concerned by this trend, UNDP works to create livelihoods and employment for youth in Darfur.  However, the persons who are facing the problem themselves – youth - are also most likely to come up with new and innovative solutions to tackle this problem. Therefore, UNDP has recently launched a challenge to get young citizens engaged in developing innovative solutions to their own problems. Interested youth can submit their idea on the online platform Raik Shino, where other participants and the public can comment and further develop the ideas. Youth unemployment as a driver of conflict in Darfur Sudan faces a significant unemployment problem that affects young people especially hard. Even though there is no statistical data on unemployment in Sudan, the official overall unemployment is estimated at around 20%, with youth unemployment expected to be much higher. In the conflict-affected Darfur, the average youth unemployment is estimated to … Read more

UNDP and the British Council invites youth from the Horn of Africa region to submit project proposals to use the arts to work towards peace and development

04 Nov 2015

On 28 October, UNDP and the Horn of Africa Leadership for Action (HOLLA) project of the British Council launched a new initiative calling for proposals from the youth from the Horn of Africa to develop ideas for how to use art and creativity to work towards peace, social development and wellbeing. The challenge will run on UNDP’s online game platform, Raik Shino, developed and recently launched by UNDP Sudan. Raik Shino, meaning “what do you think” in Sudanese Arabic, was initially developed to provide a forum for Sudanese people to interact and discuss the future of Sudan. With this new initiative, the platform is now open to include two other countries in the Horn of Africa region-South Sudan and Ethiopia. Under this initiative, we invite the youth from Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia to develop proposals answering the following question: “What is your idea for a project that uses the arts and creativity to work towards peace and positive social development and wellbeing in your community, country and/or the Horn of Africa.” The platform is currently open for submission of proposals until 21 November. Guidelines of the call for proposals can be found here. Winners will receive mentoring support from the … Read more

Building Peace through Technology

16 Jun 2015 by Inaam Salih

A couple of months back, I had the chance to attend this year’s Build Peace conference focusing on the use of technology in establishing alternative infrastructures for peace in all communities, specifically vulnerable ones. The approaches to peace that were shared, unpacked and discussed centred on empowerment, behavioral change and impact. … Read more

To good neighbourliness! Knowledge sharing on technology in community conflict reduction efforts between Kenya and Sudan

20 Apr 2015 by Caleb Njoroge Gichuhi

Kenyan entrepreneur Caleb visited Khartoum as a Keynote speaker of the UNDP Peace Ambassadors Forum. In his blogposts, he speaks about his worries to travel to Sudan, the warm welcome he received in this beautiful country and his confidence in the Peace Ambassadors’ efforts to resolve conflict. I had the pleasure of visiting Khartoum in early March.  I have to admit that the first time I heard that I would be visiting Sudan, I had a stereotypical image that was further ingrained in my psyche by friends and family members. They were overwhelmingly worried about my security and wellbeing while in Sudan by asking me questions like: “Will you be staying at the UN complex? Will there be security there? Will the UN provide security for you 24/7? What about the war going on in the country?” Etc. Debunking stereotypes and falsities: Touching down, the heat engulfed me but this wasn’t a surprise as it was one of the things that I had imagined about the country. The rest of my stereotype images about the country were proven to be false on the first day. Khartoum is really beautiful with the blue and white Nile slicing the capital into green chunks … Read more