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Leading our children to a safer Internet, from preschool to high school

Have a look at this very interesting article by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  and learn more about how internet can be made safer for children: https://www.unodc.org/dohadeclaration/en/news/2018/02/leading-our-children-to-a-safer-internet–from-preschool-to-high-school.html

A Symphony Of Hope

By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME “I play the bassoon in the orchestra,” says Alberto Samudio. “This has become my career, my professional path, my life’s work. Alberto plays with the Orchestra Mario de Obaldía, which is part of the National Network of Children’s and Youth Orchestras and Choirs of Panama. “Being part of the Orchestra has encouraged many young people in my community to exchange weapons for a musical instrument, to stay off the streets … to change their lives for good,” Alberto says. Alberto Samudio (left) listens to directions while his partner plays a piece. Like Alberto, more than 1000 children and adolescents from Panama are part of the Network, a project of the National Institute of Culture (INAC) with support from the United Na...

Helping Uganda’s Youth to “Line Up, Live Up” and Build Resilience Through Sports

In its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour amongst its large youth population, and to help young people stay away from crime and drug use, Uganda has partnered with UNODC to use sports and physical education to that end. Preparations have started with a programming mission last week, piloting UNODC’s evidence-informed life skills training ” Line Up, Live Up“, with the support of key Ugandan government and civil society actors. For example, the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL ) , an NGO that works with disadvantaged youth aged 10-24 in marginalized communities around the country, is ready to deploy new prevention practices such as UNODC’s special life skills training curriculum. During the visit of UNODC’s Johannes De Haan to Kampal...

Counting what counts in development

To most people, “development” is best measured by the quantity of change – like gains in average income, life expectancy, or years spent in school. The Human Development Index (HDI), a composite measure of national progress that my office at the United Nations Development Programme oversees, combines all three statistics to rank countries relative to one another. What many do not realize, however, is that such metrics, while useful, do not tell the entire story of development. In fact, to understand how developed a country is, we must also grasp how people’s lives are affected by progress. And to understand that, we must consider the quality of the change that is being reported. When statisticians compare countries, they require commensurate data. To compare school attendance, for example,...

U-Report Cote d’Ivoire Ignites a Youth Movement: 5 lessons on creating content to equitably engage girls and boys

In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 50% of our population are under the age of 25. These 14 million young activists and changemakers within their community represent the generation that will lead progress towards a future that is brighter, better, and more gender equitable. Across the country, many of these girls and boys have raised their voices on the issues, challenges, and concerns they face, coming together to build a movement. And one innovative mobilizing platform that Cote d’Ivoire’s youth movement has been using is UNICEF’s U-Report. © UNICEF/FrankDejongh U-Report Cote d’Ivoire was launched in January 2017 as a platform that amplifies the voices, concerns and solutions of young people. U-Report users, called U-Reporters, can share, receive, and respond to content like polls and surveys on...

Education in an Uncertain World

Until the Industrial Revolution, neither formal education nor advances in technology made much of a difference for the vast majority of people. But as technological progress accelerated, education failed to keep pace, leaving vast numbers of people struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world and contributing to widespread suffering. It took a century for public policy to respond with an effort to provide universal access to schooling. In recent decades, remarkable strides have been made toward realizing that ambition worldwide. But in an era when technological innovation is once again outpacing education, the effort to provide everybody with an opportunity to learn must not only be redoubled; it must also be retooled for an increasingly unstable and volatile world. Access to education ...

New hope through youth

Human development is about everyone’s future. But no one should have a greater interest in that future than the world’s young people because the future will shape so much more of their lives than older age groups. And yet, in most countries, young people have little say in the decisions that will determine their future. Lasting, sustainable change can only be achieved in a coalition between the young and the old. Recent years have seen several initiatives to give youth greater influence in development planning. National human development reports, focusing on the needs and wants of young people, have been written in countries including Mongolia, Somalia and Turkey. These reports continue to have an impact. In Turkey for example some 3,000 youth took part in a survey, and twenty-eight focus ...

Leveling the playing field: Human development and sports

There is a positive relationship between human development and practicing physical sports. Exercise is associated with improvements in health, cognitive processes, sociability, productivity (due to better physical and mental health) and quality of life in general. People who exercise tend to enjoy a longer life and participate more fully in society. This is the main message of the 2017 National Human Development Report for Brazil, entitled “Movement is Life: Sports and Physical Activities for Everyone.” In Brazil, recent research shows that the states with the highest rates of human development are also those where the population enjoys more exercise and participation in sport. For instance, in 2015 the Federal District had both the highest rate of sports participation in Brazil and ...

Measuring Human Development in the Future

Each year, the Human Development Index (HDI), the signature index of the Human Development Reports (HDR), captures headlines across the globe, as countries track their progress in education, health and income. Although the HDI is not a comprehensive measure of human development, it is a broader assessment of human well-being and it shows how, human development measures have become a touchstone in assessing progress over the last 25 years. The HDI, which was introduced in the first Human Development Report (1990), has been pioneering in the field and remains one of the – if not the – most influential of indices in development debates. Other human development measures and indices have been progressively introduced to the reports. And today HDRs include a family of composite indices and indic...

Are people the drivers of change and development?

“We the peoples…” are the opening words of the UN Charter and UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has reiterated calls for people-centered development. But what do we actually mean by putting people at the center of development? What new approaches will it take to achieve ambitious global goals for 2030? Let me share three main ideas and one concrete example. With the significantly raised ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is consensus that we must go well beyond business as usual. Relatedly, UNDP’s Human Development Report 2016 ‘Human Development for Everyone’ underscores the importance of empowering people as change agents to realize their full potential. Thus, achieving breakthrough development progress requires new mindsets, thinking, and action...

Human development and behavioural insights: Learning from each other

Spent time lately working on your long-term financial plan? Thought strategically about your career, the skills you need to learn and the contacts you need to make? No? You are not alone. To procrastinate, even ignoring important life matters, is human nature. Ask me how hard it was to get down to writing this article – on procrastination! Behavioural scientists study the common patterns in how people make decisions. They find that people very often choose short-term gratification, over long-term payoffs. For example, we may set ourselves fitness goals, but on the day, fail to go to the gym to exercise. We may set a diet, but then succumb to unhealthy eating. Going along with default options, making rules of thumb, following the herd, and many other behaviours are regularly documented by b...

Lessons from the success of human development

Earlier this month I spoke at an event to launch a new book – “Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform” – by Richard Ponzio and Arunabha Ghosh (Routledge, London). It provided a welcome opportunity to reflect on the role human development has played in shaping global development, including the global development goals, for which I believe it is the background. After spending more than 50 years in development – working for the UN, USAID, the private sector and in think tanks – I firmly believe that public servants in national and multilateral governance are often highly capable, despite what some may say. But I also recognize that rarely are there real intellectual centers in public service that move very large global issues forward. In the lif...

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