The Governance Unit of UNDP works with the Government of Senegal in the fight against corruption, territorial development and administrative modernization through digital transformation. With the COVID-19 outbreak, however, the unit has had to reorganize its activities to address governance issues stemming from the crisis.
I was recruited by UNDP in Zimbabwe to provide technical support to the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Spotlight Initiative on disability-inclusive programming and interventions.
Persons with disabilities are a key constituency in Zimbabwe and constitute about nine per cent of the population. However, they remain invisible at all levels of society and face numerous challenges in accessing health care, jobs, education and justice.
Online volunteers have been crucial to upscale the impact of Youth Co:Lab’s regional programmes. Coming from different countries and ethnicities, these online volunteers bring a variety of skills to the table. They have applied their skills and knowledge through a range of activities, including proofreading and translating communications materials, conducting research supporting COVID-19 related efforts.
Jasurjon supports the UNDP projectÂ Developing the climate resilience of farming communities in drought-prone parts of Uzbekistan,1Â funded by the Adaptation Fund of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).His assignmentÂ is centred on public relations, content development and organizing working sessions with stakeholders.
âOne of the most interesting parts of my work isÂ bringing project stakeholders together to work on new challenges arising during the implementation of the project,â says Jasurjon.
I support a UNDP project on Integrated Landscape Management for Improved Livelihoods and Ecosystem Resilience in Mount Elgon. This aims to empower communities to manage their production landscapes in an integrated manner for improved livelihoods and ecosystem resilience.
The UNDP project "Conservation and sustainable management of key globally-significant ecosystems for various benefits" started in Kazakhstan in 2019. It introduces a new, conservation-centered and financially self-sufficient approach to the management of forests, climate and land integrity, particularly in the pilot biodiversity areas of Zhambyl and Turkestan.
Following an initial situation analysis, an experienced national professional was needed to link communities, institutions and beneficiaries. This is why UNDP integrated the UN Expert Volunteer modality.
In Africa, COVID-19 reinforces the communal value system of UBUNTU - expressing compassion, reciprocity and humanity in the interests of building and maintaining communities. This system has long been the hidden gem of Africa and the core value upon which most of the African society is built.
S'il existe une compétence que les volontaires de l’ONU assignés en Guinée-Bissau ont renforcé grâce à leurs efforts de lutte contre le COVID19, c'est bien leur capacité d'adaptation aux situations locales et nationales.
João Hernani Melo et Laura Brandão, deux volontaires brésiliens respectivement assignés au PNUD et au FNUAP, ont dû développer des stratégies d’intervention effectives pour accompagner le gouvernement et soutenir les communautés durant cette période inédite et difficile.
If there is a skill that UN Volunteers currently assigned in Guinea-Bissau have strengthened in the fight against COVID-19, it is adaptability to local and national situations.
João Hernani Melo and Laura Brandão, Brazilian UN Volunteers assigned to UNDP and UNFPA respectively, have had to develop effective response strategies to accompany the government and support communities in these challenging times.
Oscar has 5 years of experience within UNV and was part of the team in charge of handling the mobilization of large number of citizens for this major event. Together with Ivonne Harvey, also a UN Expert Volunteer, and other committed public servants from the BSP team, he puts its knowledge and expertise at the service of the Peruvian citizens without any hesitation. Ivonne, who has a Ph.D. in Education, had the mission of facilitating learning materials to the new volunteers, as well as ensuring they had the right level of training.