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

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

13 Jan 2015

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

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