The upcoming World Humanitarian Summit will bring humanitarian and development experts together to discuss and perhaps begin crafting a new model for reducing humanitarian need, said Izumi Nakamitsu, director of the United Nations Development Program's Crisis Response Unit. The new model should blend humanitarian and development goals, she said.
The United Nations Development Programme encourages innovative solutions for development challenges, writes Benjamin Kumpf, who is investigating social innovation for the UNDP. The program has defined six areas that contribute to success, including finding the best sources of ideas and testing them to see what is most effective, he writes.
The post-2015 development goals will be more broadly based but will also need to address specific health issues such as HIV/AIDS, says Helen Clark of the United Nations Development Programme. "I think if we can link across areas of goals, poverty, HIV, justice, rights, we’ve got a better chance of fulfilling the vision that’s starting to be outlined for post-2015," she says.
Technology is "central in getting broad engagement in development and in driving development itself," including the recent crowdsourcing for the post-2015 development goals, says Helen Clark of the United Nations Development Programme.
Women and men should have equal opportunities to hold leadership positions in government, says Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme. "At UNDP, we believe that women bring different life experiences and perspectives to policymaking. It is the combination of these experiences and perspectives of men and of women which brings about the best policies for society overall," said Clark, citing benefits in transparency, rule of law, accountability, corruption and gender equality.