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Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.

Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.

More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.    

Goals in action

UNDP in Cameroon

Renewed market boosts local economy and benefits Nigerian refugees

On busy days, more than 10,000 people congregate at the newly-renovated Zamaï market in Mokolo city in Cameroon’s Far North Region. The market renewal was part of an early recovery programme set up by UNDP and the governments of Cameroon and Japan to strengthen emergency preparedness in the country’s northern region. MORE >

UNDP in Central African Republic

Boosting the potential of artisanal diamond mining

The diamond sector remains the CAR’s principal source of revenue. The challenge is that the diamond industry is almost solely artisanal, characterised by high informality. Only as much as 2% of the artisanal miners in the country are registered. MORE >

UNDP in Africa

A legacy of private sector engagement in Africa

In the last 12 years, UNDP in Africa has invested into innovative programmes that produced encouraging results, incentives, and insights on how the private sector can contribute to inclusive growth through inclusive businesses and markets. MORE >

UNDP in Côte d’Ivoire

More than 250,000 people see lives improve through anti-poverty programme

Akissin is one of more than 274,000 people who have benefited from the UNDP-led Programme d’Appui à la Réduction de la Pauvreté – PARP (Poverty Reduction Support Programme) to improve living conditions and fight poverty in the country. MORE >

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