Is blockchain a niche for social entrepreneurship?

26 Sep 2016 by Daniel Gasteiger

“Ultimately blockchain is widely an economical system” Daniel describes, “people are able to become a part of it because it simply requires using internet technology and mobile phone technology, to allow them to be part of something that makes them interesting to the financial service industry when it comes to money transfer”. … Read more

Impact investment: Do we have the capacity to overcome the financing gap which exists in order to complete the SDGs?

21 Sep 2016 by Aymeric Jung

Aymeric Jung
It is going to be increasingly difficult for a company not to operate in a sustainable way, either due to the demands of consumers, or the imposition of regulation. In the near future, business will need to be sustainable in order to be profitable; but sustainability also comes with profitability and the ability to attract private investors. These two notions - sustainability and profits - are closely interlinked and soon will be embedded in any form of investment. … Read more

Venture Philanthropy: Accelerating progress towards the SDGs

16 Sep 2016 by Emilie Romon

At a time when cross sectorial collaboration is essential to meet the SDGs, this innovative approach to commit resources and create shared value certainly offers some promising options worth considering. … Read more

Finding the sweet spot: Evolving relationships between IDOs, Impact Investors and Social Enterprise

02 Sep 2016 by Artak Melkonyan

Artak Melkonyan to speak at the inaugural Social Good Summit in Geneva on October 6th, 2016.
An interview with Artak Melkonyan, Senior Advisor UNDP Armenia on tripartite negotiations for Impact investing. “It is estimated that governments, businesses, and investors will need to kick in close to $3 trillion annually to meet the SDGs”, says Artak Melkonyan, Senior Advisor at UNDP Armenia and founder of the IIDO (Impact Investment and International Development Organisations) summit in Yerevan, March 2017. “We believe a paradigm shift is necessary in international development; made especially important given the ambitious targets of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030”, he adds. … Read more

Four lessons learned tackling tuberculosis in Syria

11 Jul 2016 by Håkan Björkman, manager of UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund

Health workers in Syria. Credits @UNDP.
Tuberculosis thrives on war and suffering. People with compromised immune systems due to malnutrition or stress, without access to adequate medical services, and living in poor and crowded housing conditions are more vulnerable to contagion and to developing the disease. The great majority of Syrian people, including the internally displaced people and the refugees in neighboring countries, live in conditions that are ripe for the spread of TB. Inside Syria, two-thirds of public hospitals have been destroyed or severely damaged. Areas such as Aleppo and Homs are particularly difficult to access for medical treatment and care. Even governorates that are considered safe still have pockets of insecurity, making the work difficult everywhere. Yet, some progress has been made controlling the spread of TB in Syria and treating those who have the condition. According to WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, some 3,479 people were placed on treatment in 2015, compared with 1,335 in 2013, a 150 percent increase. Diagnostic services have also been maintained, with 55 laboratories in 9 of the 14 governorates rehabilitated and technicians trained to use them. Monitoring TB in Syria UNDP has been working on tackling TB in Syria since 2007 with financial support from the Global Fund. … Read more