Youth tell the world what youth policy is like in their countries

03 Mar 2015 by Nahla Mahmoud

I had the pleasure of visiting Baku, Azerbaijan towards the end of 2014, where I met with 700 inspirational policy makers and youth from 166 countries for the first ever Global Forum on Youth Policies. Being the UNDP Sudan Youth Focal Point, I have to say I’ve always wanted to meet with youth through different platforms to know how far they are engaged in development processes in their countries, and if not, try to understand why they are not engaged. So for me, the forum provided a unique platform for inter-generational dialogue, for pinpointing the bottlenecks in the implementation of youth policies and for bringing forward the priorities of youth. With so many bright young minds in the room, the forum breathed fresh air and energy into our work. Their high spirits was contagious and it made me feel young and vibrant again! The forum was co-organized by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO and, the Council of Europe and hosted by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports. What were the three key inspirations from the forum? First of all, Youth are the leaders for change, so make it work! At this moment, the world … 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