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24/04/2017 12:29

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ALGIERS- The second phase of microfinance programme of World Environment Funds will allocate $400,000 to the projects initiated by the Algerian environment associations, said Thursday in Algiers the national coordinator of the programme, Rahima Chehih.

During the second phase, the programme elaborated by the UN Development Programme and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (Unops), will provide those associations with micro-finances for a period of 4 years as from 2017, she said during a meeting which brought together foreign ministry officials, environment associations and the representatives of the programme.

The associations will receive average funding of $35,000 each and the funding can reach $50,000 for associations proposing important an innovative projects.

However, the associations must finance 20% of their projects.

For this phase, the programme focuses landscapes, which represents a genuine opportunity to facilitate a participative environmental management in the identified territories," said Chehih.

The objective is involving the civil society and the citizens in the protection of landscapes through projects associating the preservation of biodiversity, sustainable development and social preoccupations.

Published in SOCIETY
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:03

Meslem receives UNDP representative in Algiers

ALGIERS- Minister of Solidarity, Family and Women’s Affairs Mounia Meslem Si Amer on Tuesday in Algiers, the Resident coordinator of the UN System and the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Algeria, Eric Overvest.

During the meeting, the two officials examined the progress made in the cooperation in the social development programmes and the policies on the protection and the promotion of the various social classes, notably women’s empowerment in the economic field and child protection, said the ministry in a release.

Moreover, the two parties expressed their willingness to boost cooperation in those fields.


Published in SOCIETY

WASHINGTON- Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helene Clark will pay a working visit to Algeria from 5 to 7 March, a source close to the organization told APS Wednesday

During this visit, she will participate in a meeting on sustainable development.

The UNDP Administrator will partake in a high-level seminar on the goals of sustainable development, which will be organized by the National Economic and Social Council (CNES) in partnership of UNDP-Algiers, added the source.

Clark will also participate in the 5th General Assembly of the 10th Kigali Declaration Conference on Violence against Women and Girls.

Published in ALGERIA

ALGIERS- Algeria wants to benefit from the expertise of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) particularly in the management and safety of dams, Abdelouahab Nouri, Minister of Water Resources and Environment said Wednesday in Algiers.

"Algeria soon will build 12 new dams in addition to the 72 already in operation, and we have requested UNDP to share with us its expertise in the fields of management and security of the dams," said Minister following his meeting with UNDP resident representative and Coordinator of UN System in Algeria, Cristina Amaral.

The two officials also discussed issues related to the rational management of water resources and their mobilization, as well as a joint project of integrated waste management, near Algiers.

Expressing the "full" readiness to technically assist Algeria in the field of dam management, Amaral highlighted the "huge" work undertaken by Algeria in the field of hydraulic infrastructures and the aspects of their security and management.

In addition, Nouri expressed Algeria's interest to benefit from UNDP's experience in mobilizing groundwater through recharge water tables, a technique mastered by the UN organization experts.

Being a solution, used in case of drought, the artificial recharge of groundwater is a possible method from the pipe surface water and rainwater, especially through injection wells or infiltration basins.

Published in ECONOMY

ALGIEES – Assessment holds a pivotal place in the government’s action plan "for the implementation of President of the Republic’s programme, presented in May 2014 and running over the five coming years," said Tuesday in Algiers the Foreign Ministry’s General Director for Economic relations and International cooperation Merzak Belhimeur.

The official was speaking at the opening of the awareness raising conference co-organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Foreign Ministry under the theme "Assessment at the service of development."

Belhimeur added that the government "is committed to assess the national policies and strategies to ensure their efficient and effective application," underlining the need "to make periodic assessment in the different fields of the public action, by the associations and the public institutions.”

"Algeria which reached most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and which made huge efforts in terms of economic and social development to reach those Goals, is today determined to fully invest in the effort of the Sustainable Development Objectives by 2030, simultaneously with the efforts of steady assessment of these development programmes," he stressed.

The speaker affirmed that the stake is to move from "an extensive process to an intensive one through a results-based management."

On the other hand, Cristina Amaral, representative of UNDP said that "the assessment is in the heart of the actions UNDP, which has always worked for completing the launched projects."

She said that the assessment "is a mandatory step, not to control rather to learn lessons, measure the accuracy of programmes, their efficiency and impact in order to adjust the followed policy."

The UN official said that the purpose is that our internal assessment method at the UNDP "can useful to our Algerian partners to improve the assessment of the national development policies."

Published in ALGERIA