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      • UNDP brings the Social Good Summit to Rwanda to connect communities around technology and social media for social change/ Auke Lootsma (Blog)

        21 Jun 2013

        From 22-24 September 2013, UNDP will bring the Social Good Summit to Rwanda to be part of a bigger conversation about the challenges of the next generation, and how we can address them now. As part of the global community, we want to address one big question: Where are we trying to go by 2030, and how can digital tools help us get there and how to make Rwanda’s voice heard? Today’s digital landscape is extremely powerful, and when we use social media and technology for good, we can lay the foundations for global change.  The 2013 Social Good Summit will investigate how key individuals in Rwanda are already pioneering social efforts that will leave lasting impacts. We’ll talk about how organizations big and small can work together with individuals and national and world leaders to maximize their footprint. During the event, we will debate the path to a better world by 2030, using the powerful tools of technology and new media UNDP Rwanda will invite community members around  Rwanda for a meet up to connect with each other and discuss how technology and social media can positively impact the issues they care about. The event is inspired by the SocialRead More

      • Think Eat and Save / Lamin Manneh (Op-Ed)

        05 Jun 2013

        Women seller at Kimironko Market in Kigali (Photo: Elena Ganan/UNDP in Rwanda)

        The World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5th June by people across the globe. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment. The purpose of this celebration is to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action on environmental sustainability issues. This year’s theme for the World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint. It’s focus is on the Save Food Initiative, which is a broad partnership including UNEP, FAO, and in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, which was launched last year at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The campaign seeks to add its authority and voice to the anti-food waste in order to galvanize widespread global, regional and national actions to reduce food loss and waste. This is inspired by the fact that about one third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry, 870 million are undernourished, more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger and childhood stuntingRead More

      • Monitoring and Evaluation should be about Open Data/ Rajiv Ranjan (Blog)

        28 May 2013

        Essentially, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is about learning and finding out what is or is not working in a project or programme set-up. Effective M&E system facilitates tracking this. Setting up an M&E system to attain this objective, is however, more than just building a spreadsheet or database. It is primarily about data; data which is accurate, valid, reliable, timely, relevant and complete. In the M&E continuum, before the synthesised data feeds into the on-going implementation or subsequent planning, it is the raw data which first requires meeting these criteria. However, quality raw data that actually fits the requirement are not easy to obtain (as also noted in ‘Challenges in Monitoring and Evaluation’ – Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the Latin American and the Caribbean Monitoring and Evaluation Network, June 2010). Nonetheless, stakeholder’s engagement and open data principles may prove to be of some assistance in this situation! In the context of national development or poverty reduction strategies, M&E plays an indispensable role in guiding the implementation and subsequent policy making, based on evidences (as this UNICEF publication also corroborates). However, for the M&E system to be truly effective, involvement of stakeholders, such as implementing agencies and the beneficiaries, at all stagesRead More